A Few More Things: Carrie Underwood, LCD Soundsystem & Hail The Villain

A Canadian radio station is banning Carrie Underwood’s songs indefinitely, Hail The Villain cancels over a dozen tour dates, and LCD Soundsystem channels Kanye West with a Twitter rant about scalpers.

Vocal Cord Villain

Hail The Villain is calling off the rest of this month’s shows as well as all scheduled dates in March.

The canceled shows would have taken place Feb. 11 through March 9, including appearances on the Monster Energy Outbreak Tour and a number of gigs with Finger Eleven.

A statement released by frontman Bryan Crouch explains that the Canadian hard rock band was forced to cancel the shows to allow the singer to undergo surgery to remove a polyp on his vocal cords.

“I was fortunate enough to be able to see one of the greatest specialists in the field, and he confirmed what I had previously feared – it’s time to take care of this once and for all before causing permanent damage,” Crouch wrote. “As musicians, we all need to take care of our instruments, and as a singer, I’m no different.”

Hail The Villain is set to return to the stage April 16 at WJRR’s 17th Annual Earth Day Birthday in Orlando, Fla. The band has also booked spots at Rock On The Range (May 22) and Rocklahoma Festival (May 27).

Click here for Hail The Villain’s website.

Ottawa Radio Station Has No Kisses For Carrie

Ottawa, Ontario’s 105.3 KISS FM is so upset that the Ottawa Senators traded National Hockey League center Mike Fisher to the Nashville Predators that the station has banned the tunes of Fisher’s wife, Carrie Underwood.

Fisher has played with the Predators since 1999. The trade took place on Thursday.

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“We know Mike Fisher is not to blame for this trade but feel he was lured away from Ottawa by a country-music superstar. Sure, she’s pretty. Yes, she can sing. But can she play hockey? Can she put one on the top shelf with a slap shot? No!” the station said, according to the Toronto Sun, which noted that Underwood has been described as “hockey’s Yoko Ono.”

The radio station’s program director Gayle Zarbatany told the paper the Underwood ban is in effect forever.

“The city is completely upset,” Zarbatany said. “He’s been here for 10 years, he’s the second most popular player and it’s awful.”

Click here for the Toronto Sun story.

LCD Soundsystem Sounds Off About Scalpers

LCD Soundsystem made good use of its Twitter account this week by spouting off tweet after angry tweet regarding its hatred of scalpers.

Last week the band announced it was playing its last show ever April 2 at Madison Square Garden Arena in New York.

The scalpers got busy shortly after pre-sale tickets went on sale on Wednesday.

“1500 for a single ticket? F**k you, scalpers. You are parasites. I HATE you,” LCD Soundsystem tweeted Wednesday. “I will try to figure a way out to f**k these f**kers. NO MATTER WHAT WE DO, IT IS NOT WORTH THAT KIND OF MONEY TO SEE US!”

Photo: John Davisson
Grand Slam for Children Benefit Concert, Wynn Hotel, Las Vegas, Nev.

The next day StubHub sent a Twitter message to the band, writing, “part of being a marketplace that connects buyers and sellers is giving fans the freedom to price tickets however they want.”

LCD Soundsystem replied to the secondary ticketing website by re-tweeting StubHub’s message and adding “Eat sh*t.”

The band followed that up by adding, “hey @StubHub … I pretty much guarantee ‘fans’ aren’t pricing these tickets. You’re barely legal and you know it.”

Tickets to LCD Soundsystem’s final show officially went on sale to the general public today beginning at $35 a ticket (plus fees).

Stubhub now has 17 tickets to the show listed at $11,000 per ticket.

Click here for the official LCD Soundsystem Twitter page.

Click here for StubHub’s Twitter page.