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Now, I've seen this "communion" at several NunZilla shows, and it basically consists of Bam-Bam dressing up as a Catholic cardinal and handing out communion wafers to anybody who wants one. It's cheesy and fun. Nobody's obligated to partake, and there's no actual communion verbiage. And considering I wrote all about the communion thing in my story, I figured that, at least, the people who work at New Timeswere aware of NunZilla's Catholic-parody antics. I was bristling at the idea of censorship in any form, and immediately called Whitney Fitzpatrick, our marketing director, to find out what the deal was. I was sure it was all a misunderstanding.

But Fitzpatrick confirmed that NunZilla had been asked not to perform the communion because she didn't want to offend the show's sponsors, which included Bud True Music, Southern Comfort, Bookman's, Chameleon Glass, Sam Ash Music, and Sprint. New TimesPublisher Kurtis Barton (as Fitzpatrick's boss, he runs the business/advertising/marketing side of the paper) agreed with the decision, Fitzpatrick told me, and she had given Durham permission to pull the plug on NunZilla if they did not comply with the request.

It should be noted that the event's main sponsor, Budweiser, has also served as the biggest alcohol sponsor for the annual Phoenix gay pride festival for at least the past seven years. I've seen everything at these events, including a lesbian wedding ceremony, men making out in nothing but neon thongs, and people lining up to have leather daddies beat red tracks down their bare backs at the "whipping booth." Somehow, I doubt that seeing a fake cardinal throwing around communion wafers is gonna send Budweiser over the edge.

Over the phone, I argued with Fitzpatrick against the censorship. New Timesis an "alternative" weekly, this was a punk rock performance, and I felt the M.O. should remain "no holds barred." But when it came down to it, this was a marketing event. Looking back, I suppose I should have told my boss, New TimesEditor Rick Barrs, what was going on, and taken my concerns up the ladder.

I didn't, mainly because I couldn't imagine they'd actually follow through with the censorship, but also because NunZilla hadn't indicated whether or not they'd do communion anyway. But when I arrived at Club Red for the show that Friday, I did ask Durham about the situation. "Frankly, it pisses me off that [Turner] called you afterwards and tried to get that decision reversed," Durham told me. "I don't like censorship, either, but my first concern is for the sponsors. We don't want to do anything that would offend them."

It doesn't matter how lighthearted or silly or symbolic of freedom of speech NunZilla's show is supposed to be. This could be the next nipple to pop out of a top at the Super Bowl halftime show. Durham wouldn't budge.

Neither did NunZilla.

NunZilla was the last local punk band onstage that night. Their set went off without a hitch until the last song, when Bam-Bam charged onstage. You know the rest.

When I showed up for work Monday, I still wasn't entirely clear about what had happened. So I talked to Fitzpatrick and Barton. It was a fairly brief conversation. Fitzpatrick defended her position by announcing she would also not allow a puppy to be sacrificed onstage. Barton, who's been around longer than Fitzpatrick, didn't say much. He asked me to put my questions in writing.

The response from Barton, on behalf of himself and Fitzpatrick, read, in part: "It is New TimesMarketing's position that NunZilla's faux communion is an editorialized act. The Marketing team was interested in NunZilla's music. Subsequently, we paid them to play music, not express what could be deemed as a 'charged' viewpoint."

Barton's official decision, he wrote, was "to not allow material into the show that could be deemed offensive to a particular group of clientele."

Now, as a journalist, I don't have "clientele." I don't sell advertisements or negotiate with event sponsors, and so I don't have to worry so much about what's "appropriate" or not. But the whole thing still seems silly to me. How is a band dressed as Catholic clergy throwing communion wafers at people even remotely similar to killing a puppy onstage? To me, that's the same leaping line of thought that extremists use when talking about what would happen if gays were allowed to marry. ("What's next? You can marry a dog?")

According to Barton and Fitzpatrick, New Times does not have a written policy regarding what is and isn't sanctioned when it comes to bands playing its events. So how are such determinations made?

"With zero tolerance, we mandate that all bands respect local laws," Barton wrote. "We also respectfully request that bands and partners alike honor a venue operator's established expectations."

But NunZilla's communion doesn't break any laws. And the "venue operator," whom I assume was stage manager John Durham that night, was acting as a New Times employee, enforcing a decision that was made by the New Times marketing department. So any expectations — which did not seem "established" at all — obviously come back to New Times. Barton acknowledges that they've made promises to sponsors in the past regarding musical acts, and it's pretty clear that concern for the sponsors was a major factor in this decision.

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jim
jim

just to clarify, this is jim from wormwood brothers & totally not the "wormwood" posting comments above. carry on.

Sideliner
Sideliner

If the Phoenix New Times pays your salary, which is too much for the crap you write and claim is "journalism," then your clients are the New Times, the readers of the New Times, and the advertisers in the New Times. Journalist or not, someone is paying you for what you do, so you really do have clients.

Ted
Ted

That's a travesty. What a joke. Censorship at it's finest.

Ed Fury
Ed Fury

You totally should have quit.

Fuck those corporate bastards, demanding that bands act in a professional manner.

Jesse James
Jesse James

Hey God -- don't you have something better to do than post comments on a story that everyone seems to agree is irrelevant/crappy? There's a war going on Iraq, you know. Have you weighed in on that one yet?

Jon Dissed
Jon Dissed

Let me preface this by stating that in no way am I passing judgment on or casting stones at the author of this article. This isn't so much an article as it is a mild tirade. In this case I think it belongs somewhere in the "Letters" section or editorials or something. The reason is quite plain and that is, it doesn't say a single thing about how the actual show played out. It doesn't mention anything about the performances given by any of the other bands, save one, that appeared that evening. It has absolutely zero to say about the "MUSIC" that this whole "Summer of Sound" thing is supposed to be about. Yeah, so there was some butting of heads over one bands shtick, big deal, that band still played the show. Its not like they weren't made aware of what would happen ahead of time. So what?? Did the whole thing come to a screeching halt? Was everyone made to leave the venue? Did Nunzilla have to shed their attire and head off to the nearest Church for meeting via the internet with the Pope? Was the whole show ruined? Were there other performances after Nunzilla? I don't care who made the call, The New Times, the appointed Stage General, George W., whoever, it was their decision and they believed they were acting in their best interest, end of story, period. Big deal. The show went on..how did it go? I wouldn't know because this article doesn't share anything about the show except that so and so did such and such to you know who and..blah, blah, blah! Oh..and did you all know that on that night, there were some other bands there and they all played really well and that they all sounded really good? Hey hats off to all the bands and musicians that donated their time and music to the Summer of Sound showcase and hats off to that sound guy at Club Red, he really did a great job of making everyone sound amazing! Oh one thing that did bother me, that Stage General guy kept telling me to "tell the men not to start yet" and "get your men to clean this floor up" like I was leading a squad of soldiers during WWII, if anything he may have been suffering from shell shock, but aren't we all?

God
God

Arctic Monkey, you are wise to make fun of Pole (errr..I mean Hole, errr...I mean Mole...oh whatever) You arent a Monkey at all, but maybe a Fox. While Cole is nothing more than a blubbering vagina.

Arctic Monkey
Arctic Monkey

Cole....Seven sixteenths of one inch! That's the distance you'd have to move your pinky in order to not sound like an idiot. I know the burden of pressing SHIFT on your keyboard to capitalize is a great one, but c'mon Cole (lump of), you can do better than that. I used to type emails in caps like yours, but then I decided that I didn't want a job mixing concrete. Anyway, did you read the same story I did? The band knew the day before that the bullies at New Times were going to shut the act off if they did the act. You are a dolt. So is Niki's story (dolitish that is). Looking forward to your response, as I love all caps.

COLE
COLE

TO THE MONKEY WHO HAD TO SEND HIS COMMENTS TWICE, ARE YOU IN SPECIAL ED? YOU MUST BE IF YOU DONT KNOW TALENT WHEN YOU SEE IT. THE STORY ISNT ABOUT IF NIKI CAN WRITE{WHICH SHES ONE HELLA A STORY TELLER} ITS ABOUT TWO DIFFERENT SIDES, THAT WORK FOR THE SAME PAPER, IM SURE SHES ALREADY GOT THE OTHER SIDE, A LITTLE OR MAYBE ALOT PISSED OFF, SO GIVE HER A BREAK, MONKEY, AND READ WHAT THE STORY IS REALLY ABOUT, SURE THE BAND IS PART OF IT,BUT THE REAL ISSUE IS ABOUT HER COWORKERS AND THE SUMMER OF SOUND SHE WAS ASKED TO GET BANDS FOR AND FEELS LIKE SHE WAS USED. HOW DO YOU THINK THE BANDS ASK TO PLAY FEEL ABOUT THE MATTER? BUT BECAUSE SHE IS A PRO, IM SURE THEY KNOW THIS WAS AS MUCH OF A SHOCK TO HER AS IT WAS TO THEM, AT LEAST WITH ALL THIS COMING OUT NOW, EVERYONE KNOWS WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT YEAR.

arctic monkey
arctic monkey

Who cares about this story? Slow music news day? God, please delete this shit (if you can read micofiche from weeks ago, then you can certainly put a ghost in the machine). Anyway, I kept waiting for the punch line? A story? It sounds like Niki has more ink in her pen than brains in her head. Freedom isn't free girl. And neither is the ink in your pen. Better yet, guess who paid for that ink? The sponsors and your advertisers did. So, pull your head out of your butt and use the paycheck you get to buy a clue. You are living in a fantasy world. Wait a minute, are you Herve Velachez re-incarnated? Maybe I should read a Get Out...

D=)
D=)

I know the band. They are talented female musicians making music, having fun, and expressing themselves in a unique way locally. Most of our local music scene is dismal and dull at its best. Nunzilla have been creative in finding a theme that stands behind their music and sets them apart from the mainstream. Yes, personally they are also my friends, but I am unbaised in what I am about to state. I am one of the many 'Nunettes' that occassionally dance on stage (but get no press). All this aside, I think there have been way too many individuals getting their panties in a ruffle worrying about possibly offending religious organizations or corporations (one in the same). The people that are supposedly taking offense to the stage acts are those that make millions from selling liquor. Those that are taking offense are not those that frequent the confessional. I have heard nor seen any religious organizations, catholic or otherwise, wasting time reading or writing messages of disgust about the passing of saltine crackers to the crowds in bars, or taking offence in the tossing of eurcartist out to the drunken masses. Those that are true to their Catholic beliefs are not aware of what is taking place in the Phoenix nighclubs. They do not have time to sit around and complain and be offended; they are too busy praying and attempting to find their way to heaven. If the crowd wants to partake in the body of Christ, so be it. We all have our right to our own form of worship. Who can stand against that? After all, Jesus himself preached to the outcasts, did he not. I was one of the Nunettes dancing that night. I showed up early to the show wearing normal night-life apparel, and a habit. I was approached by an older gentleman, with threatening words towards me. I believe he thought I was one of the musicans, as I share a slight resemblence to one of the band members; (afterall, we are SISTERS). This man stated to me before Nunzilla played, that if any type of communion act was planned, the show would be 'shut down'. I asked why this was. He said because the sponsors, Budweiser and such, would be offended. I analyzed this, and figured that companies which make millions of dollars on people that purchase their products to become intoxicated, would have good reason to be offended by such acts. In reality, I sensed a twisted connection, so I pursuaded the gentleman to make sure he watched my 'Nasty Nun Dance'. He smiled and did not prevent me from going up on stage. While Nunzilla played their original hard rockin' tunes, I was invited to dance with the band for a stint, and I noticed this man from the audience smiling. Soon after, the lights shut off, the microphones shut off, but the backline amps were still pounding out grinding chords. The band did not stop their performance. The local music scene, and rock and roll in general, tends to be very masogonistic. The public and the press included, continually downplay any drop of female talent and therefore look for an excuse to divert the attention off of female talent, creativity and originality, only to criticize and eventually shut it down. I later assisted my SISTERS in loading their equipment into the van. As I attempted to re-enter the bar to pay my tab, I was told by the elderly gentleman that I was not allowed back into the bar. He began to yell at me and those around me, stating "and YOU, YOU are not allowed back in here!!!!" I was thrown out by this man, due to supporting the fun rock and roll atmosphere that Nunzilla created that night. In fact, I found myself in a position of pleading with this man to allow me (to do what was righteous) back into the bar to pay for the few drinks that were on my Visa card. I figured if he did not let me back into the bar to pay my tab, that I would surely dispute any charges with my financial institution. But, as an honest citizen, still felt I should pay my bill. This man only agreed to allow me to do so if Nikki (the writer employed by the New Times) 'escorted me' to the bar to pay my tab. Such ridiculous acts are taking place in a bar that serves alcohol, not in a church that is preaching the gospel. I think God is really laughing his ASS off.

God
God

Oh and by the way to the Nunz & Father Stone. You get that Tour Van as soon as you stop with the communion thing. I know it is not my JC's body and all but come on! That Bishop guy is a mess up there!

Wormwood
Wormwood

Niki, I stand corrected you wrote 51 stories, good on ya. I would like to point out that I never mentioned what else you have written about and I could care less who you choose to hook up with.

And as for Mr. Yelling Boy Cole, I read the paper every week. I have read the New Times now for almost 20 years. And no I am not in a band and no I don't think I should be in one. As for the idiot and jealous comments...I can tell you I am neither jealous of Niki, nor do I believe I am an idiot.

I said I would like to know how many Niki had written, she told me and I appreciate that. I did guess it was a small number, in that I was wrong and I apologize.

But in the end smart guy you are still going to yell and call people idiots so have fun with that there kid, and I will keep going to see local music and voting for the bands with the best music and not for the bands with a not even decent stage show.

COLE
COLE

HEY, WORMWOOD, IF YOU ACTUALLY READ ALL OF NEW TIMES STORIES, YOU WOULD HAVE KNOWN THAT NIKI WROTE AT LEAST 51 OF THEM,SO IF YOU WANT TO BAD MOUTH ANY WRITER YOU SHOULD CHECK YOUR FACTS FIRST.SO YOU DONT LOOK LIKE IDIOT, OR SOMEONE WHO IS JEALOUS OF SOMEONE ELSE'S TALENT.

Niki D'Andrea
Niki D'Andrea

Wormwood -- I wrote about at least 51 of the bands listed above, including music features and cover stories. The point is not that I don't cover local music "to save my life," but that some people fail to see that I love this scene and write about it as much as possible. I still don't know what gives the dissenters this impression (although jabs about columns that mention my sexual orientation and personal life lead me to believe that some people's problems are not rooted in what I do or don't write, but who I am). I've also found that the few people who complain I'm not covering local music are often in bands I haven't written about. And there's a difference between not covering local music "hardly," "at all," or "to save my life," and not covering one or two disgruntled musicians' bands.

I will continue to cover as much local music as possible and celebrate the crazy, cool eclectic scene we have here. If others want to continue to argue whether I am or am not doing that, fine. You're more than welcome.

Congrats, again, to NunZilla.

God
God

Wormwood, your welcome. I do what I can. peace (really, I mean it,) God.

Patron Saint of Real Talent
Patron Saint of Real Talent

Watching a stumbling, drunk, 40+ Rocker don a cardinal�s hat and toss the supposed �body of Christ� into a crowd was about as artistically expressive as a high school senior prank; a non-cohesive idea, poorly executed, and soon to be forgotten. The saving grace for Nunzilla, and the only reason they won, was New Times� divine intervention. They should be thanking the stage manager for pulling the plug and giving the crowd a reason to vote for them. Otherwise, no one would have even thought twice about them or there marginal musical talent. They should be proud of their spectacle�it might be all they�ve got. I�ve seen more talent in a CW sitcom.

Wormwood
Wormwood

Oooo Niki is calling for Street Cred, wow if that isn't an I'm cool too list I don't know what is. What I want to know is how many of those stories/features/cover stories Niki acctually wrote? I bet it is a small number.

So what Nunzilla had their little communion act cut off, like that really mattered. Isn't the Summer of Sounds a music concert? I didn't know it was a theatrical show. If Nunzilla won just because they were "punk" and did the act anyway (which isn't being punk if you take your paycheck, I don't care how much those wafers cost) not because of their music then I feel bad for them. I think the first band that had the old crow dancing in Marshmellows should have won, now that is theatrics! What Nunzilla does you can see pretty much anywhere. Oooh I am going to make fun of the Catholic church... Yeah yeah show me something new.

As for the sponsers, yeah some of those sponsers do work with Marilyn Manson, Korn, etc. that do things all the time that offend. Want to know the difference? THOSE BANDS DRAW THOUSANDS! If Nunzilla could draw that many people to a free money giveaway I would be shocked. They should have just said "Ok, we won't do it, we want to play in front of new people", taken their check and gone on their merry way! I think it is pissing in Niki and the New Times' faces by doing something they were asked not to do, and not in a cool "I am Punk" way.

The end of it is that Niki couldn't cover local music HERSELF to save her life (I know she was talking about the New Times as a whole but like I said...), Nunzilla won for theatrics and not music (oops, you mean music matters?) and the show was fun. Who gives a shit if they were shut off? At least it ended their set early, and that is something to THANK GOD for.

June Tyson
June Tyson

What she (Niki D'Andrea) said, y'all.

Niki D'Andrea
Niki D'Andrea

This list represents what has been covered in the music section in print and online, just in the past year alone. Note not only the sheer volume of local music covered, but the diversity of genres as well. This list doesn't include the many local DJs we've covered.

Local bands and artists we've written about in the past year (*indicates a music feature; **indicates a cover story):1. The Neoprimitive (world music/rock fusion)2. Psychostick (metal)*3. Job for a Cowboy (metal)4. Dear & the Headlights (indie rock)*5. Runaway Diamonds (indie rock)*6. Society of Invisibles (hip-hop)*7. Less Pain Forever (pop)*8. Crash Street Kids (retro glam rock)**9. Supa Nova Sta (hyphy/hip-hop)**10. Fred Green (rock/ska)**11. Number Sine (dance/electro)12. Eyes Set to Kill (coed n�l)*13. W.O.M.B. (art rock)14. Die Kranken Katzchen (industrial/breakbeat)15. Tent/City (experimental jam)*16. Wensday (soul/rock/blues)17. Haven James (soul/rock/folk)18. Chico Chism (blues)*19. Hellen (metal)**20. Big Tex & the Blazin' Pintos (rockabilly/punkabilly)21. Maxine Johnson (blues)22. Jon Rauhouse (Americana/rock/blues)*23. Alice Cooper*24. Nick Nicholson (country)25. Emperors of Japan (pop/eclectic indie)26. NunZilla (punk)**27. The Love Me Nots (garage)**28. Worser (almost-prog rock)29. Treasure Mammal (pop/eclectic)30. Sonorous (avant-jazz)31. The Morning Kennedy Was Shot (pop/eclectic indie)32. White Demons (rock)33. The New Romantics (rock)*34. The Insects (hip-hop)35. The Smob (hip-hop)36. The Breadwinners (bluegrass)37. Chocolate Fountain (funk)38. Intrinzik (hip-hop)*39. Via Vengeance40. Jelts and Idolize (hip-hop)41. Jeff Dahl Band (punk)42. World Class Thugs (indie/pop)*43. Fetti Profoun (hip-hop)44. e(v)olocity (rock)45. The Heartless (pop punk)46. The Iris (industrial metal)47. Juicy Newt (indie)48. DJ Seduce (downtempo/acid jazz/world)49. Kongos (rock)*50. Selfless (metal)51. Suicide Circus (metal)52. Studying Stones (rock)53. The P�pop rock)54. Ty Lusk (folk rock)55. Back Ted N Ted (electronic)56. Calabrese (horror punk)57. Greenhaven (metal)58. Jack Ripper (metal)59. Blessedbethyname (metal)60. Peachcake (electronica)61. Liar's Handshake (Americana)62. Wormwood Brothers (Americana)63. Paris James (blues)64. Calumet (funk)65. Andrew Jackson Jihad (eclectic pop/rap/rock/folk mix)66. Giantkiller (hard rock)67. Chief Beef (hard rock)68. Fat Rhabit (hard rock)69. BobKatt (R&B/hip-hop)70. Army of Robots (pop/rock)71. Flathead (rockabilly)72. Numbers On Napkins (punk)73. Big Vinny & the Cattle Thieves (punk)74. Labor Party (punk)75. Gin Blossoms (rock)76. Authority Zero (punk)77. Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers (Americana/rock)78. Age of Evil (metal)79. Kingfish Fiasco (rock)80. Niki Kwik (rock)81. Janis Joplin Crap 'N' Vomit (eclectic pop/indie/experimental)82. Fracture Point (metal)83. North Side Kings (metal)84. The Year of Acceleration - Tucson (New Wave/pop)85. Luca - Tucson (Americana)86. Bob Log III - Tucson (punk/blues)87. The Complainiacs (punk)88. The Breakup Society (pop punk/garage)89. The Sonic Thrills (punk/garage)90. Big Pete Pearson (blues)91. Grime (hip-hop)**92. Razer (hard rock)93. The Earps (punk/cowpunk)94. Melissa Cohee (pop)95. Blackmarket - Lake Havasu City (indie rock)96. Sound of Birds (eclectic pop)97. SiOp (metal)98. Tigerface (indie pop/rock)99. Antique Scream (rock)100. Casket Life (punk)101. DJ Radar (electronic/turntable)102. Bodhisattva (eclectic/experimental)103. The Via Maris (Americana/rock)104. Traveler (world/folk fusion)105. Oh Doctor (emo metal)106. Mourning Woody (Americana)107. Obadiah Parker (indie rock)108. Tierra Del Fuego (alt. country)109. Hacienda Brothers - Tucson (country)110. The Feeblez (hip-hop)111. Drunken Immortals (hip-hop)112. EastonAshe (rock)113. Violet Wild (rock)114. A Change of Pace (hard rock)115. Tramps & Thieves (Americana/rock)116. St. Madness (metal)117. Get Down! To Brass Tacks (indie pop/rock)118. Budweezer (Weezer tribute band)119. Unskinny Bop (Poison tribute band)120. The Walnuts (rock)*121. Ten Dollar Outfit (jam band)122. A Few Random Drunks (country/Americana/drunken folk)123. Naim Amor - Tucson (jazzy pop-folk)124. Icy Core of Jupiter (psych rock/funk)125. Nowhere Man and a Whiskey Girl (folk)126. Calexico (Southwestern-flavored indie rock)127. The Kohl Heart (Eurobeat/New Wave)128. Terminal 11 (DJ/electronic)129. Hi My Name Is Ryan (art rock)130. Mighty Mike Lenaburg (soul)131. Stoked (pop/ska/eclectic)132. Asperity (post-hardcore)133. The Revenge (punk)134. John Wayne Jefferson (metal)135. Hellas Mounds (prog rock)136. Chip Hanna (Americana)137. Attack of the Giant Squid (prog rock)138. Antedote (hip-hop)139. Lymbyc Systym (instrumental/experimental)140. Radio Free America (electronica/synth)141. Rizir (industrial)142. Dave Wade Trio (jazz/reggae/funk/rock)143. Energy Trio (jazz)*144. Woodpile (hip-hop)145. DJ Dana (country)146. Bring Your Own Weapon (hardcore/punk)147. Rock Ridge Johnsons (country)148. Page The Village Idiot (eclectic/punk)149. Kirkwood-Dellinger (rock)150. Soft Shoulder (experimental)151. Crushed (hard rock)152. By The Wayside (indie rock)153. Thee Oh No's (garage)154. Dakota & the Black River Bandit (folk/rock)155. W.O.M.B. (art rock)156. Nick Nicholson (country)157. CTS (rock)168. TrEmUlAnTs (alt. rock/quirky pop)

Lost Prophet
Lost Prophet

Seriously!! I've been reading the New Times for the better part of 10 years now. Who would have thought the New Times would be offended by anything? After all the bad news reporting and worse writing over the last few years. They drop more 4 letter words and F-Bombs in their publication than Hustler these days. They were offended by something a band did? My jaw just dropped when I read this. (Note:Sarcasm. Just in case it wasn't obvious.)Thats what I find really amazing. They hardly cover the scene, much less the bands in it that well. The articles that are supposed to be about the music end up with the writer talking about what her friends did in the parking lot, what they drank, or what they bought at the local porn shop and almost never really talk about the scene or the bands in it. Those are the articles in the music section. Oh, before I get to harsh I guess they do have the "Homegrown review" and they do print nice pic's of Iknoklast and Calabrese in there once in a while over the show listings. Right beside the full page article with some national act that gets pleanty of press already. (Way to support the home team NT!)The New Times worried about what their sponsors might think? Hardly!! Look at that list again. Most of those companies sponsor bands and tours twice as controversial as this will ever be. Some used to and even do sponsor shows by bands like *gasp* Slayer and *oh no* Marilyn Manson. This was nothing more than one staff members(be it the new times or the venues)own personal feelings and beliefs getting into the way and trying to enforce them, as the religous right has always done. I'm sure anyone that would go or has gone to see Nunzilla was not bothered by this. Maybe the New Times will start looking at what they cover and actually start covering the music scene now, not who puked on who at the gay bar and what dildo the writer wants to go home with. (Who am I kidding!) Way to go Nunzilla, you deserved to win, and I mean that!

NUNZILLA
NUNZILLA

Dear God,

Of course we cashed the check! As you know, those wafers aren't cheap. And by the way, we're still waiting for you to answer our prayers for a tour van!

The Nunz and Father Stone

God
God

I am omnipotent. Therefore, I know everything. I just reviewed the Bank Of America Microfiche.....I saw that Nunzilla cashed the check for the show.....and that AINT PUNK ROCK! Sid Vicious is PISSED! So is Johnny Rotten.

Phyllistine
Phyllistine

Hmmm, if music events are just about music and not "freedom of expression" (a.k.a. the things that make a live show cool), it might as well be the Summer of Listening to MP3s festival. Of course, you don't sell as much beer that way. I'd also like to meet the person who can explain what viewpoint or idea is expressed by the wafer-toss. There's a difference between offense and that healthy click of discomfort that you get in the presence of art . . .

 
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