After a series a posts came out from Pittsburgh, PA promoter Brian Drusky, Anti-Flag canceled their show involving him.
The posts dealt with the Eric Garner case and similar events, something that Anti-Flag took exception to. You can read a statement from the band below.
Their tour runs next year from January 2 until February 6. The band announced that the February 6 concert in Pittsburgh will be moved to Mr. Smalls Theater.
“Through the cases of Eric Garner, Michael Brown and all those who have suffered at the hands of racism, police brutality and an unjust legal system, there is a loud and important public discourse. Based on recent actions, we feel that Brian Drusky, the owner of the company promoting our show in Pittsburgh, is on the wrong side of that conversation. For this reason we do not feel comfortable playing a show he’s promoting. Confronting bigotry and blind allegiance to power with education is something Anti-Flag believe in. We hope that Brian Drusky will have that education process happen in his future. While we believe in people’s ability to change and become educated, there must be consequences for the things that he said. As four individuals from Pittsburgh, PA, our power at times can feel limited; this is an instance where we can exercise our power by not working with Brian Drusky. Anti-Flag has always and will always stand with people who are fighting for justice and against those who belittle that fight.” – via Anti-Flag’s Facebook page