Band were due to play at Alcatraz venue tonight (November 22)
US metal band Five Finger Death Punch have cancelled a gig in Milan tonight after being tipped off that it was a target for ISIS.
The band were due to play in Italy this evening alongside Papa Roach and Devil You Know but the show will be rescheduled to a later date.
Yesterday (November 22) the International Business Times reported that a group within online activists Anonymous were claiming that ISIS were planning a new wave of attacks, including Five Finger Death Punch’s gig at the Alcatraz venue.
The list of targets was also believed to include the WWE Survivor Series event in Atlanta this evening. That event will go ahead as planned.
ISIS claimed responsibility for the Paris attacks earlier this month which left 129 people dead, including 89 at an Eagles of Death Metal concert.
Anonymous subsequently tweeted that they did not start the rumours regarding Five Finger Death Punch, however the band decided to pull their gig amid the safety concerns. Five Finger Death Punch explained their decision in the following Facebook post:
“As some of you may be aware, there were many rumors today that the Milan show on Sunday, November 22nd will be targeted in a next wave of terror attacks like we saw in Paris last week. We did our best in a very short amount of time to work with the local promoter and authorities to ensure that security would be adequate. Unfortunately, we did not receive confirmation in time to satisfy our requirements and to ensure that our fans would be safe at the event. Therefore, we were forced to postpone the show to a later date. Please stay tuned for more info.”
Earlier this week, Eagles of Death Metal issued a statement to the press and fans in which they said they they are “united in grief” with the victims, fans, families and people of Paris, while confirming that all of their future live dates are on hold. They also paid tribute to Nick Alexander and the three record company staff who were killed at Le Bataclan in the terrorist attack.
Meanwhile, Eagles of Death Metal member Josh Homme has pledged to help the victims of the Paris attacks. Homme was not in Paris on November 13 and is seeking donations through his charity Sweet Stuff Foundation.