KING DUDE Drop Off TAAKE Tour After AntiFa Controversy
Last week, a New York City Antifa group protested black metal band Taake's show at a New York venue, by making the venue aware of a past performance where the frontman, Hoest, painted a swastika on his chest, while performing in Germany. Hoest has repeatedly claimed that the gesture was a giant troll and that he is not a nazi.
Regardless of his political affiliations, the controversy was enough for the opening artist, King Dude, to drop off the tour. Dude explained why he's dropping off:
“For reasons out of my control, and frankly out of my realm of understanding, I will be removing myself from the tour with Taake. It must be made clear that I am a Luciferian and do not preach hate, nor would I endorse a setting that allows hate to happen. I believe in both personal and spiritual growth as well as the spread of knowledge beyond all sacrifice and at all costs. The banner under which people enter a King Dude concert must be welcoming to all people of all walks of life, race, religion, gender etc. This should go without saying as this has always been the way I have conducted my concerts and I’m not sure why it should change for this tour. I absolutely do not welcome political discourse at my concerts as it has no place there. My concerts are a place that should be a sanctuary for everyone, a place for people to find church without having to go to one.
“Stay tuned here for updates regarding make up shows to all of you. Thanks again for your continued support.
“With the Light and Love of Lucifer,
“- King Dude”
So another wrinkle to this tour. It wouldn't be surprising if Taake cancel the tour all together, and likely never return to the States.