Marc Mysterio Scraps U.S. Tour
Mon, 29 Nov 2010 12:33:35
Marc Mysterio, the Canadian DJ/producer who is currently in litigation with Dancing With the Stars loser Brandy, has scrapped his plans for a U.S. tour in support of his new hit single "Shout It Out." The reason he won't be crossing the border? The TSA's new "hands on" screening process.
"I am suspending my tour indefinitely, and until such time as the TSA softens their screening procedure(s) to exclude sexually abusive touching," Mysterio said.
"Amidst the various reports of alleged sexual abuse during screenings, and first hand reports from my own friends and fellow DJs of being groped in public, I refuse to place myself in such a position – it is inhumane and intolerable and I could not perform up to my abilities if I were to endure such abuse," he also said.
"It's a sad state of affairs when we can't bring in an international musical talent like Marc Mysterio because the new airport screening procedures. I'm sure he's not the only artist that is frustrated by the invasive practices of the TSA. This presents a new set of challenges for events companies all over the U.S. when booking global musical acts," said promoter Tommy Dorian, Evolution Events.
Mysterio himself told ARTISTdirect that "I really wish that the U.S. Government and TSA would take in to account that the effect they have on their own economy and cultural scene goes far beyond the screening itself, and that the rest of the world, myself included, views these activities as an insult, one of which I will take no part in whatsoever and it imposes an undue burden on promoters to offer alternative transportation such as charter flights given artists hectic international schedule."
Furthermore, Mysterio had suggestions for his fans to the South, saying, "I would encourage my American fans to make the trek up to see my Canadian shows by car, bus, train or even hitchhiking with fellow house music lovers. Moreover, any and all American fans wishing to attend my Canadian events will be given free entry throughout 2011."
Road trip! I would take Mysterio up on that offer, kids! You get to hit the open road, have backpacker experiences and enjoy his tunes in a gratis matter.
As for Mysterio's breach of contract law suit involving Dancing With the Stars loser Brandy Norwood, the trial date will likely be set on November 30. That won't deter Mysterio from headed South to appear in court. "If security measures do not change, I will hitchhike to Los Angeles from Canada for the trial before getting on a plane. For any interested drivers, I have a great collection of house music for the trip," he said.
Bold. That's what I say. It's bold to see a musician stand up against the new travel procedures.
Will you hitchhike to Canada to see Marc Mysterio? What do you think about the TSA's new screening procedures? Are you anti? Is it just something we all have to deal with? I travel a ton and I'm not really all aggro about it; I'll deal. I'm sure I won't feel that middle-of-the-road about it if it causes me a hassle at the airport.