Kottonmouth Kings Plan Legal Action Over Festival Censorship

The Kottonmouth Kings and Capital Records are preparing to take legal action against the city of Huntington Beach, California, for banning them from performing at a festival, says the band's lawyer.

The self-described psychedelic hip-hop punk rock act were scheduled to play the free Op Festival early last month but were pulled from the bill at the request of the festival's sponsor, a beach and skatewear company who had initally approved the band's participation but later changed their minds.

The Orange County-based band would have been permitted to perform had they signed an agreement stipulating that they would not use profanity, act lewdly, damage equipment or "cause civil unrest."

Lawyer Ian Montone, however, contends that the request was a violation of the group's First Amendment rights. The band now wants to recoup the estimated $6000 to $7000 they claim they lost when they canceled six concerts on an East Coast tour to return to home at the invitation of the festival

organizers to play for local fans.

The group's debut full-length CD, "Royal Highness," released last month on the Suburban Noize label via Capital, opens with the single "Bong Tokin' Alcoholics," a follow-up to their EP, "Stoners Reeking Havoc." Their official website features "Pimp Twist," an X-rated video.

The Kottonmouth Kings are currently touring the country with the Insane Clown Posse.