The Squids Cancel American Flag Burning Tour

(Punknews.org) Northhampton, UK-based The Squids have been forced to cancel their American tour after a dispute over some inflammatory imagery used in the band's tour posters. According to a local paper, the band used the images of flaming stars and stripes pictures on a MySpace flyer for three New York shows, which prompted the US venues to cancel the band's gigs.

Singer Stuart Fraser explained: We used a picture of an American flag and it said 'The Squids are coming to burn America'. We didn't think it was too offensive, just a bit rock 'n' roll. We were contacted by the venues, who said it was offensive and asked if we would take it down, but we said no. A few days later, all our shows were cancelled.

We're annoyed by what's happened. It was only a burning American flag. We didn't even know it was illegal to burn them. We just thought it was a bit of fun; we saw the picture and thought it would do. We wanted to show we were coming ... - Stuart's final not-quite-thoughts and a link to the artwork that caused all the trouble is here

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