ARCH ENEMY team up with Amnesty International for upcoming “Khaos Over Europe” tour
Swedish Metal legends ARCH ENEMY have teamed up with Amnesty International for their upcoming “Khaos Over Europe” tour. The tour will kick off in Sweden on November 8th, and brings the band back to the European clubs after playing many high-profile festivals this summer as well as an extensive North American tour and a blistering show at the Loudpark Festival in Japan. Following up on the successful collaboration on the band’s recent North American tour, the band will lend their support to Amnesty’s “Expression Of Freedom” campaign.
Amnesty volunteers will be attending selected shows during the tour and will offer additional information for interested fans at the venues.
Angela Gossow (Arch Enemy lead vocalist) comments: “We have Amnesty International with us again on the European leg of our ‘World Khaos’ tour to support their ‘Expression Of Freedom’ campaign and raise awareness. Many people sacrifice their lives to fight against terror, crime and oppression. They are being brutally murdered or imprisoned for simply communicating the truth. In honour of their outstanding courage and to bring justice to them (and the generations to come) it is important to support the cause and keep fighting for freedom! Each one of us can do something: Spread the word amongst your social network (sites), sign petitions, donate money, join peaceful demonstrations - pick your activism of choice! End repression. Allow expression!”
Jo Metcalf (Head of Art For Amnesty) said: “We’re thrilled that ARCH ENEMY are supporting our work on freedom of expression. We’re lucky to have the support of musicians and other artists who fully appreciate the value of being able to express their creativity without fear of arrest or worse. In some parts of the world, pursuing a creative goal - or just speaking freely - can lead to harassment, loss of freedom and even torture. I hope that everyone who comes to one of ARCH ENEMY’s amazing shows gets involved in supporting Amnesty’s work in this area.”
ARCH ENEMY would like to amplify Amnesty International’s campaigning for individuals whose right to freedom of expression has been repressed. Below is a selection of cases they are supporting Amnesty in campaigning on:
Investigation into the murder of human rights defender Natalia Estemirova, Russia: http://bit.ly/sjuLbb
Jabbar Savalan, currently imprisoned for criticism of the Azerbaijani government on Facebook: http://bit.ly/szCaWG
Women's rights organisation Women of Zimbabwe Arise, suffering oppression in Zimbabwe: http://bit.ly/ub53Ld
Fatima Hussein Badi, facing the death penalty in Yemen after an unfair trial: http://bit.ly/sTOI1L
For general information on the campaign, please head over to:
+ special guests: Engel + local support band
08. Nov 2011 - Folkets Park, Huskvarna, Sweden
09. Nov 2011 - Tyrol, Stockholm, Sweden
11. Nov 2011 - Mejeriet, Lund, Sweden
12. Nov 2011 - Trädgårn, Göteborg, Sweden
Khaos Over Europe 2011
+ special guests: Warbringer & Chthonic + local support band
presented by Metal Hammer (Germany), Guitar (Germany), Metal.de (Germany)
06. Dec 2011 – Sheperd’s Bush Empire, London, UK
07. Dec 2011 - Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands
09. Dec 2011 - 013, Tilburg, Netherlands
10. Dec 2011 - Christmas Metal Meeting, Geiselwind, Germany
11. Dec 2011 - Rosenhof, Osnabrueck, Germany
13. Dec 2011 - Essigfabrik, Cologne, Germany*
14. Dec 2011 - Le Cartonnerie, Reims, France
16. Dec 2011 - Le 106, Ruen, France
17. Dec 2011 - L’Echonova, Vanesse, France
18. Dec 2011 - CC John Lennon, Limogese, France
20. Dec 2011 - Backstage Werk, Munich, Germany
21. Dec 2011 - Garage, Saarbruecken, Germany
22. Dec 2011 - Z 7, Pratteln, Switzerland
*the show in Cologne will be filmed for a future DVD release
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10 JANUARY 2012: UPDATE REGARDING ARCH ENEMY CONCERT IN TEL AVIV
Amnesty International believes that it is Arch Enemy's decision whether or not to go ahead with the concert in Tel Aviv.
We understand from the band that they are still scheduled to play in Tel-Aviv, Israel on January 24 2012 at the Reading 3 Club. The Israel concert is not one Amnesty will have a presence at.
The band have told us they are choosing to fulfil their commitment to their music fans and that they do not endorse any governments, nations or religions.
The band told us their opening act at the concert, Chaos of Nazareth, are all Palestinian citizens of Israel. They recorded a message about the gig in Israel and used this platform to say clearly “We are against occupation and we support the rights of the Palestinians”.
Arch Enemy may also get criticised for this by those who do not support the call for freedom and justice for Palestinians but just as playing in Israel is the band's decision - so is their choice of opening act.
As for the Amnesty International association or presence at Arch Enemy shows - above is a list of the European Arch Enemy shows, the majority of which Amnesty has had a presence at promoting human rights:
For further information on Amnesty’s work on Israel & the Occupied Palestinian Territories please see here: