Too Heavy to Hug [#487]

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Too Heavy to Hug [#487]

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In metal news recently, a fan of Five Finger Death Punch, Mark Douglas, who is also a father, had taken his nine-year-old daughter, Olivia, to the show. At the show Olivia was invited on stage to join in singing the chorus on FFDP’s ‘Burn MF’ (the chorus goes “burn motherf*cker, burn” apparently) while her father stood aside to film his daughter’s vocal debut. During the song FFDP’s vocalist can be seen performing the song while holding the microphone next to Olivia’s ear. Anywho, Olivia didn’t want to sing in front of a festival-sized crowd because she’s nine and probably a bit embarrassed so she stood on stage during the performance of the song. Yeah, sorry for wasting your time on those un-newsworthy words on the subject…
But, no, it’s totally newsworthy according to WINK television news in Florida who “conducted” an “investigation” into the matter by watching Olivia’s father’s video he put up on the internet television and passing it around to the likes of attorney Miguel Fernandez who counsels families and talks to kids who claimed the incident was “a form of child abuse” and other ridiculous stuff like “to hear lyrics like that, what does it promote … violence, criminal mischief … just chaos”. Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott weighed in with “this should never, ever be allowed in a county park”.
Serious shit from serious people with serious overreaction issues. Whilst I doubt I’d ever take my son to a FFDP gig, only because they’re shit, if this father wanted to take his kid to a show and get her on stage then that’s fine. Hey, it doesn’t state anywhere that Olivia was forced on stage to sing. For all we know it was her idea and her cool, relaxed father OK’d it because he wants her to experience life, not be wrapped in cotton wool, presumably.
In other news…
Mastodon’s new single, ‘High Road’, is available now from iTunes.
Psycroptic and Aborted will play The Hi-Fi on Saturday, June 14.
Story of the Year will be at 170 Russell on Sunday, June 29.
Chelsea Grin is set to release their third studio album entitled Ashes to Ashes on Friday, July 11.
Corrosion of Conformity and special guests Lo! were to play 170 Russell on Sunday, July 20 but that has recently been cancelled.
The Midyear Mayhem Tour featuring Buried in Verona, Antagonist A.D. and Stories will be held at the Phoenix Youth Centre, Melbourne for an all ages show on Friday, July 25, while a licensed show will be at the Evelyn Hotel on Saturday, July 26.
Anathema will be at The Corner Hotel on Saturday, August 23.
Veruca Salt will play The Corner on Friday, September 26 to a sold-out audience, but another show has been added at The Corner Hotel on Tuesday, September 30.
Toxic Holocaust and Iron Reagan will be at The Reverence in Footscray on Sunday, November 16.
Primordial are slated to release their new album Where Greater Men Have Fallen on Friday, November 21.
Body Count will release their new album Manslaughter later this year.
If you have any news about local metal bands, shows or albums, let THTH know by emailing to or get in touch via Twitter at @TooHeavyToHug
Written by Paul S Taylor