Pennywise’s scheduled free afternoon performance Tuesday (June 19) in the parking lot of the Sunset Strip Tower Records has been banned by local police because to the combative nature of the group’s new single, “F-k Authority.”
According to a spokesperson for the Southern California punk group, despite previously having issued proper permits, the city of West Hollywood “has now decided that the band’s song ‘F-k Authority’ is offensive and cannot be performed on their city street.”
The gig was to mark the release of Pennywise’s latest album, Land Of The Free?, whose political themes include on free speech issues. “The song was written as a protest against the widespread corruption in government and in the police force, not as an attack on authority in general,” says the group’s spokesperson.
Pennywise appears on the Vans Warped Tour, which kicks off June 22 in Phoenix.