July 17 [10:00 EDT] -- As Marilyn Manson finds fewer safe havens in the U.S., it seems that he's not welcome in Canada either.
According to the "Calgary Sun," a Canadian Chief Justice refused to give the go-ahead to a Manson show originally slated for Calgary's Max Bell Centre July 25. As we first reported on July 9, the venue tried to pull the plug on the show citing the usual moral objections.
The "Sun" reports that venue representatives claim they were mislead about the nature of the band's performance, and say they never would have scheduled the show if they had known the controversial nature of the band's lyrics and stage antics.
Judge Ken Moore reportedly ruled on Tuesday that a trial would be needed to determine if the venue had actually been duped into booking the Manson show. With a little more than one week before the scheduled date for the show (hardly enough time for a trial), the ruling effectively slams the door on any chance of Manson rolling into
Larry Ryckman, a representative of the Amateur Sports Society (which booked the show and then pulled the plug) was reportedly ordered to post a $35,000 letter of credit or bond as compensation for the canceled show, but was still thrilled with the decision.
"This is an important decision, not only for Calgary but Canada," Ryckman told "The Sun."
After all the legal huffing and puffing, Universal Concerts representative Mark Norman (who had tried to bring Manson to Calgary) had a more simple solution to the controversy. "If people have a problem, just don't go to the show," Norman told "The Sun."