Pat Boone has learned the hard way that when you sleep
with the devil, you best be prepared to fuck. Or so one could interrupt the
decision announced this past Thursday (February 20) by a Christian TV network,
the Trinity Broadcasting Network, to drop Boone's gospel show in the wake of
his new career as a mock heavy metal rocker.
Boone, known for creating
limp, white-washed versions of early rock 'n' roll hits in the '50s, just had a
new album, Pat Boone In A Metal Mood, released. The album features Boone
singing big band versions of songs by Metallica and others.
Broadcasting Network told Daily Variety that 1000s of their viewers had
complained after seeing Boone decked out in black leather, a studded choker and
fake tattoos on the American Music Awards show last month presenting an award
in the heavy metal category.
Boone has said in interviews that he recorded
the new album because he felt that beneath the loud rock 'n' roll arrangements
were some "terrific" songs.
The Trinity Broadcasting Network produces and
distributes religious and inspirational Christian programs through some 400
affiliated TV and radio stations. According to Daily Variety, it pulled
Boone's show, "Gospel America," while seeking an explanation from Boone for his
turn to metal. "The decision was based on recent changes in the focus and
content of Pat's music, which represents a different genre than the Gospel and
traditional inspirational format and ministry of the 'Gospel America' program,"
TBN said in a statement.
Boone seems to have taken this development in
stride. "They see garish-looking pictures of me and say, 'Oh no, Pat Boone has
totally sold out, lost his salvation and gone over to the Devil,' " Boone said.
"They didn't get the joke."