Fearing the effects of “bad ideas” on Polish young people, Warsaw’s mayor yesterday (Feb. 13) urged parents to keep their children away from a concert by hard rock act Marilyn Manson. “It promotes bad ideas, bad values. It promotes violence,” Antoni Pietkiewicz said of the group.
Pietkiewicz urged parents during a radio interview to “protect our children, our young people” by forbidding them to attend the concert last night. He also sharply criticized a Warsaw district governor for allowing the concert to be scheduled in the Torwar sports hall.
Poland’s powerful Roman Catholic church and education authorities also protested the concert. About 90 percent of Poland’s 39 million people regard themselves as Catholics.
Marilyn Manson will be on tour in Europe through a Feb. 23 show in Moscow, before heading to Japan for five dates in March. As previously reported, the band has been confirmed as a main stage act for this summer’s Ozzfest tour.
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