Metalfest XIII, a headbanger's ball boasting such name acts as Neurosis along with
lesser-known groups such as Anal Blast, has been moved indoors, in the wake of a judge's dismissal of a lawsuit that aimed to keep the concert
at Milwaukee's State Fair Park.
"I'm very pleased that the people at the [Milwaukee] auditorium complex came to the table and were
willing to make this happen," Metalfest promoter Jack Koshick, owner of Jack Koshick
Presents, said Tuesday (July 20), referring to the new venue for the show.
On Monday, Dane County Circuit Court Judge Gerald Nichol dismissed Koshick's
request for a temporary restraining order that would have forced the state of Wisconsin to
allow his company to hold the July 3031 event at the park as planned, according
to concert publicist Michael Mazur.
In a breach-of-contract suit, Koshick argued that state officials had orally agreed to hold
the event at the park. The promoter told reporters the state backed out of the show in
reaction to such bandnames as Waco Jesus, Dying Fetus, Rotting Christ and Bludgeon
Mark Bugher, secretary of the state Department of Administration, called the latter claim
"ridiculous" and countered that Metalfest was scheduled too close to the Wisconsin State
Fair, which starts Aug. 4, to be held at the park. "There's a substantial amount of work in
preparing the grounds" for the fair, he said Thursday.
In dismissing Koshick's claim, the judge cited sovereign immunity, a doctrine that
protects the state from lawsuits unless it consents to be sued.
Metalfest XIII is scheduled to feature 160 bands, including Cradle of Filth, Earth Crisis,
Bongzilla and the Misfits whose American Psycho (1997) includes "Speak
of the Devil" (RealAudio excerpt).
The Milwaukee Auditorium also played host to the sixth edition of the annual mosh