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Friday, August 19, 2011

Explosions in the Sky Advertises a Concert, Media Invents a Controversy

Posted By on Fri, Aug 19, 2011 at 4:25 PM

VIA NBC, IF YOU COULDN'T ALREADY TELL.
  • via NBC, if you couldn't already tell.

Of the 365 days in a year, maybe post-punks Explosions in the Sky shouldn't have picked the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks to play a concert.

Why? This marquee, spotted in Boise, Idaho, advertises said concert. The words "SEPT 11" next to "EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY" caught the attention of NBC New York, which noted (helpfully!) that the show has "the unfortunate timing of taking place on the 10th anniversary of the terror attacks that killed more than 2,700 people at the World Trade Center."

Online commenters had a field day. "This is, quite possibly, the worst case of non-news being called news ever," Marcus Leung wrote, expressing the predominant perspective of the 30 comments on the article.

(Funniest and most offensive comment: "that's weird because my band 'kamikaze' has a show dec. 7 in hawaii...not really," wrote Alex Roberts.)

This isn't the first time Explosions in the Sky has run into some 9/11-related controversy. On Sept. 4, 2001, the band released Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Die, Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Live Forever, an album whose artwork includes an image of a plane, along with the text, "This Plane Will Crash Tomorrow."

We're going to call this one somewhere in the middle -- Explosions in the Sky, you probably should have just taken the day off, just to be safe. NBC New York, you probably should have just let this one go.

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