Judge Blocks Band's Suicide Show

October 2, 2003

A Circuit Court judge slapped an injunction Thursday (October 2) on Florida shock-rockers HELL ON EARTH banning them from holding an onstage suicide that their leader vows will occur during a webcast performance this weekend, according to the Associated Press.

St. Petersburg leaders had asked Judge John C. Lenderman for the injunction after the band announced plans to have a terminally ill person commit suicide during a gig somewhere in the city Saturday night to raise awareness of right-to-die issues.

HELL ON EARTH leader Billy Tourtelot, who did not attend the hearing, had said earlier the band will defy a city ordinance passed Monday that makes it illegal to conduct a suicide for commercial or entertainment purposes, and to host, promote and sell tickets for such an event.

Tourtelot told the Associated Press that the suicide show will be played "a select few people" at an undisclosed location in St. Petersburg and be shown live on the band's web site. He has declined to disclose any details about the terminally ill person.

If the band violates the order to stop publicizing the concert, members could face contempt of court charges.

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