MEGADETH - PUBLIC ENEMY NUMBER ONE!
Megadeth was scheduled to promote their Sanctuary Records album 'The World Needs A Hero' by playing at the Warp Club on August 2 in Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian capital. However, the Malaysian government stepped in and canceled the concert. Malayasian authorities say that Megadeth's imagery, specifically the band's famous skeleton mascot "Vic Rattlehead," is unsuitable for the youth of Malaysia. Summarily, the government refused to grant work permits to the band and crew.
If Megadeth defied the government and went ahead and performed in Kuala Lumpur, it was made clear the band would be arrested and their own personal safety could not be guaranteed! In addition, Megadeth records have now been confiscated off store shelves! Sanctuary has now been prohibited from shipping copies of 'The World Needs A Hero' into Malaysia to fill retailers' inventory.
"Megadeth is very disappointed that they won't be able to perform for their fans in Malaysia," stated Megadeth manager Larry Mazer. "I'm sure Megadeth fans in Malaysia are equally disappointed. Hopefully, the political climate will change so that one day Megadeth may return to Malaysia to play for their fans who have waited a long time to see them in person."
Megadeth is scheduled to come back home to the United States this fall to continue its highly successful world tour for 'The World Needs A Hero.' Megadeth has sold more than 20 million records worldwide and earned seven Grammy Award nominations since forming in 1983.