The event planned below is sick beyond words. I’m all for personal choice (particularly is someone has a terminal illness), but this sort of performance is totally out of line. If the band does move forward, I hope the city takes full legal action.
On-stage suicide planned for gig
From correspondents in Tampa, Florida
October 1, 2003
A ROCK group plans to orga nise an on-stage suicide at a concert this weekend, in defiance of a new city law designed to scuttle the plan.
The hard-rock band Hell on Earth said the suicide by a terminally ill person would take place in St Petersburg, Florida, to raise awareness of right-to-die issues.
The city council yesterday unanimously approved an emergency ordinance making it illegal to conduct a suicide for commercial or entertainment purposes, and to host, promote and sell tickets for such an event.
Circuit Judge John C. Lenderman of St Petersburg granted the city a temporary injunction against the band, preventing them from advertising the show and allowing the suicide.
But band leader Billy Tourtelot was defiant.
“The show will go on,” he said.