May 2005 – Nine Inch Nails Drops from MTV Movie Awards NEW YORK, NY- Nine Inch Nails dropped out of performing at the MTV Movie Awards due to a clash over an image of President Bush they had planned upon using as a backdrop to the performance. MTV admitted to being uncomfortable to the obvious partisan political statement made by the lyrics of the NIN song "The Hand That Feeds" alongside the image.
May 31, 2005 – Slipknot Concert Objected To ATHENS, GREECE- The Greek Orthodox Church objected to and attempted to cancel a Slipknot concert due to the band’s appearance and violent lyrics. The Church stated that public institutions should protect people from events that promote Satanism.
May 5, 2005 – Middle School Band Banned from Playing Song BENTON HARBOR, MI- A middle school marching band was prevented from playing the Richard Berry song, "Louie Louie," because of its history of possibly indecent lyrics, even though the band would not be singing the song. The decision was reversed after parents expressed their support for their children playing the song.
March 25, 2005 – Motley Crue Banned from NBCLOS ANGELES, CA- Motley Crue sued NBC after being banned from NBC programming. NBC’s action resulted from band member Vince Neil’s use of an expletive during a live broadcast of "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno."
March 23, 2004 – Student Expelled for Listening to Rock Music PORTLAND, OR- 12-year-old Neil Kirkpatrick was expelled from his private school for admitting to listening to bands such as Korn and Rage Against the Machine. He was not allowed to attend his expulsion meeting, nor given a chance to defend himself. His parents were not given notice of the expulsion until after it was decided.
July 16, 2004 – Jadakiss Song Censored for Bush-Criticism LyricNATIONAL- Jadakiss’s song "Why" contained lyrics blaming Bush for the Sept. 11th attack on the World Trade Center and was subsequently criticized and edited to remove the offending lyrics.
June 1, 2004 – Britney Spears Costumes Restricted SHANGHI, CHINA- Spears’s planned concerts in China are approved with the condition that her stage outfits not be too revealing.
April 12, 2004 – Madonna Show Protested DUBLIN, IRELAND- Due to scheduling issues, Madonna’s Dublin show was slated for a Sunday, infuriating local Catholics.
December 11, 2004 – Wal-Mart Sued for CD’s Lyrics HAGERSTOWN, MD – A Wal-Mart was sued by customers who bought an Evanescence CD that was not labeled for parental advisory and contained the F-word.
March 19, 2003- Suggestion of Jailing Students Who Download Music TEXAS- Texas Republican congressman John Carter said jailing college students who download music and other copyrighted material from the Internet should be jailed as part of an effort to stop piracy. "What these kids don’t realize is that every time they pull up music and movies and make a copy, they are committing a felony under the United States code. If you were to prosecute someone and give them three years, I think this would act as a deterrent."
February 3, 2003 – Band Prevented from Playing at Church-Owned Venue LOS ANGELES, CA- The band Lamb of God, formerly Burn the Priest, was prevented from playing at the Forum in Los Angeles because the owner of the venue, the Faithful Central Bible Church, objected to the band’s former name, assuming its songs would be offensive to the church’s beliefs.
September 4, 2002 – Jones v. Federal Communications Commission PORTLAND, OR- A Radio station was issued a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture (NAL) by the FCC for playing female rap artist, Sarah Jones’s, song "Your Revolution," which critiques popular hip-hop culture’s subjugation of women. Jones sued the FCC for infringing her free expression rights. The case was dismissed due to lack of jurisdiction and the NAL was rescinded.
March 17, 1999 – Congressman Dick Armey, the majority house leader, needs a little help in his parental role DALLAS, TX- Acting as a "concerned parent of five," Armey asked the Dallas Reunion Arena to "take a second look" at a Marilyn Manson show for the "potential negative consequences that this concert could have on our children and our community." The concert was held as scheduled. It is unknown at this time if any of the Armey children attended.