After breaking some rules at a recent gig in Australia, Muse might be facing a five-year ban from performing in the continent down under.
Bassist Christopher Wolstenholme was caught smoking on stage despite several warnings prior to the gig about the venue’s strict non-smoking policy.
“Officials spoke to the band before and after the show and we were extremely disappointed when they decided to flaunt our strict no-smoking policy,” Arena spokewoman Jo Juler said. “They are known as an anti-establishment style of performance group, but it was still sad that they decided to go ahead regardless.”
Officials were also angry that Matt Bellamy encouraged fans to “mosh out” during the set, a direct violation of the venue’s strict rules. Moshing is banned in the country following the death of a teenage girl during Limp Bizkit’s set at the Big Day Out festival in 2001.
A local gig promoter told The Sun that the band now faced a potential five-year ban: “These guys will never be allowed to perform again in Australia if they try it again. Doesn’t matter how hot they are. The law is the law. Promoters won’t get insurance for them – simple as that.”
So Muse could be facing a five-year ban from performing a show in an entire continent for smoking on stage & asking the crowd to mosh?
Not very punk rock of you, Australia.