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Malaysia rejects Lamb of God’s concert request

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Posted at 9:07 PM, Sep 04, 2013
and last updated 2013-09-04 21:07:15-04

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR)--Richmond rockers Lamb of God are on their first international tour since lead singer, Randy Blythe, was acquitted of manslaughter in connection with the death of a fan at a 2010 concert in the Czech Republic.

The heavy metal band won’t be playing a venue in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, though over 1,500 tickets were sold, according to the band.

The government refused to issue a permit for the Sept. 28th show.

According to that country's star newspaper, the band tried to get a permit for a show, but the application was rejected by Malaysia’s Communications and Multimedia Ministry.

The reason, according to the paper, is that officials believe Lamb of God's performances infringe on religious sensitivities and the cultural values of Malaysian society.

The band released a statement concerning the country’s decision.

"It is very evident and a bit frustrating, that the groups, parties and powers that have taken the most offense to our music and lyrics, have themselves only made a passing glance at the content and meanings of those songs."