It was only a couple days ago that we discussed the prejudices that the heavy metal community faces in other parts of the world, including Georgia and Egypt. This story comes out of Lithuania, where Iron Maiden is set to be playing the Žalgiris Arena, on their Book of Souls World Tour. The show which is scheduled for June 23rd will still be going on, unlike the incidents in Georgia and Egypt, but the band has come under fire for their tour posters. According to Newsweek, Lithuanian authorities have ordered that the band not post any public flyers, and remove the one’s already up, advertising the show because their mascot, Edward the Head, might scare children. You know, that old argument.
Vytautas Paukštė, a Lithuanian spokesperson for LiveNation told Delfi, a local news organization, “Right now, we have to decide how to carry on forward, but we must also immediately take down the posters.”