Refused Donate All VIP + Meet and Greet Proceeds to Lifesaving Organization
Swedish hardcore punk legends Refused have wrapped up their tour with Plague Vendor and the Coathangers, taking 100 percent of the proceeds from their VIP and meet and greet packages and donating it to MOAS (Migrant Offshore Aid Station.)
MOAS is a specialized rescue group that has saved over 14,000 people in the Mediterranean Sea since its first mission in August of 2014. Its areas of operation now extend to the Aegean Sea and South East Asia. Commenting on the organization, drummer David Sandström said, "To be blunt, MOAS is doing what the European Union would be doing if it was a functioning political entity. They're getting s--t done, picking drowning children, women and men out of the ocean and putting them on European shores. It's crucial work and a no-brainer for us to get behind." In total, Refused donated over $3,000 to the group.
The band initially broke up in 1998, the same year they released the game-changing The Taste of Punk to Come. They reunited in 2012 for a handful of festival appearances and also wound up performing on the talk show Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. Following a hiatus and another reactivation, the Swedish icons released their first album in 17 years, Freedom, in June of last year.
Refused will be on the road in the U.S. in August, providing support for Deftones on eight select dates. While the Swedes will be touting Freedom, Deftones are promoting their 2016 effort, Gore, which has been received with critical acclaim. For a full list of tour dates, head to our 2016 Guide to Rock + Metal Tours. Refused will also be performing at the Chicago edition of this year's Riot Fest.
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