Published Mar 23, 2010With the notable exception of Rage Against the Machine, political controversy doesn't usually work out in musicians' favour. After all, if a band are looking to immediately alienate half of their fan base, there's no more surefire way to do so than by speaking out about a political issue.
Let's hope this isn't the case for the Darcys (pictured) and Make Your Exit, both of whom recently pulled out of a gig endorsed by Toronto mayoral candidate Giorgio Mammoliti. The reason the TO groups withdrew from the show, scheduled for March 31 at the city's Tattoo Rock Parlour, was due to Mammoliti's political history. Back in the mid-'90s, he spoke out against Bill 167, which supported spousal benefits for same-sex couples.
According to a post on the Darcys' blog, the show had originally been billed as a benefit for Sheridan College. When it was revamped as part of Mammoliti's campaign, however, the group chose to pull out.
The band wrote, "We do not know Mammoliti personally, but we know that his politics have opposed Bill 167, which extends spousal benefits to same-sex couples. Though we do not endorse a specific candidate in the mayoral race, we cannot support Mammoliti."
Make Your Exit bassist Mike Dellios told the National Post that his band had axed their concert appearance for the same reasons, explaining, "Our stance on the matter is in line with the Darcys, and we have as well pulled out of the event for these reasons."
A spokesman for Mammoliti, Dan Leggieri, said that the incident had been a miscommunication between the event's organizers and performers. He added, "As much as we can't take back the fact that Giorgio was a strong opponent of Bill 167, in 20 years I can say with confidence that Giorgio has grown as a politician and as a man," insisting, "His stances and policies have changed since."