Death Metal Band Had Police Called on Them For Sitting in Their Van
According to website Metal Addicts, a Death Metal band had Police called on them while they were sitting in their van in a Chicago-area Walmart parking lot. Why? Basically for wearing metal t-shirts.
On Friday, August 9 Kansas death metal band TORN THE F*CK APART were sitting in their van when Police arrived after multiple calls about a dark van with 'suspicious characters' in it. The band told music website Metal Sucks:
“In the morning we had stopped and parked in the back of the Walmart parking lot in forest park, IL to stretch out and grab a few things after a night off of tour and enjoying the Chicago Domination Fest. We had been there for about an hour as our drummer was inside the store getting a few things, and about 15 mins after he went in we heard radio dispatch from behind the van and noticed a cop car pull up behind us. Just as quickly we saw three more pull up and surround us.
After a few minutes of answering questions, the cop said that they were there because they had received multiple calls about a dark van with “suspicious characters ” in it. After all IDs were checked they knew that wasn’t the case. The cops were very professional and respectful to us after they realized we were no threat to anyone, and they even took pictures with us as though we were under arrest, and played along with us to tell our drummer we had warrants and were under arrest when he came back to the van.
We don’t blame the cops for doing their jobs; they handled it well. But it was upsetting that we had been profiled for the way a “metalhead” looks. This isn’t something we haven’t encountered before and life goes on. Now we get ready for our last show of the tour Saturday at the Chicago Domination Fest.”
Metalheads are unfortunately use to taking the blame and being an easy scapegoat. Just recently, The Acacia Strain was implicated in the Dayton Area shootings after the gunman was reported to be wearing a hoodie supporting the metalcore band. That led to singer Vincent Bennett responding on Twitter to condemn the shootings.
If anything, the arrest and stories like ours are great publicity for the band. Here's a sample of TORN THE F*CK APART: