Norwegian metal act Dimmu Borgir made news earlier this month after they were escorted out of the studios of Cleveland rock station WMMS F.M. for using profanity during a live radio interview prior to the band’s performance at the Cleveland, OH date of Ozzfest 2004 at Blossom Music Center. The band cried foul, and the radio station has taken a lot of heat for their alleged handling of the incident, but according to Bo Matthews, the program director at WMMS, you’re only hearing one side of the story.
Matthews offered the station’s side of the story in a recent posting on the Cleveland message board of the Radio-Info website:
The band WAS told that they were not allowed to use that language on the air. They DID.. we used the delay. A couple minutes later, they used foul language again. We again exercised the delay and asked them to stop.. they THEN thought it was funny and continued to swear so we had no other choice but to protect the license and escort them OUT of the studio.
Maxwell did NOT tell people to throw rocks at the band. HE did NOT gay bash. The question was “A lot of people that are at Ozzfest… I imagine are anti-gay.. how has the response been towards Rob Halford of Judas Priest?”
WHICH *I think* is a good interviewing question that perhaps listeners would be interested in knowing. He was in no way slamming Halford, or GAYS.
SO… try and UNDERSTAND what you are talking about before you TRY and BASH anyone… or a whole company about a situation.
The band meanwhile, has commented on the recent situation in an interview with Dimmu Borgir frontman Shagrath posted at Metal-Exiles.com:
Metal-Exiles.com: You guys recently had an incident with a radio station. Can you elaborate on what happened?
Shagrath: “Well, we went to this radio station and this guy basically kept on talking, asking us questions and answering them for us.”
Metal-Exiles.com: Like how?
Shagrath: “He was kind of negative from the start, he asked a few questions and we barely had time to answer them before he moved on to the next question. Then he started talking about homosexuality and American politics. Then I was asked something else and I said stupid with some other words so he said we couldn’t do this so we were told to leave. As we were walking out he was telling his audience to throw rocks at us while we are onstage playing.”
In other Dimmu news, the band recently announced that following their Ozzfest stint, they are planning to take a 2 year break from live shows.