Shock Rock Band Performs Another Show, but No Suicide Occurs

Bioethics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 16, 2003   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Shock Rock Band Performs Another Show, but No Suicide Occurs

by Steven Ertelt Editor
October 16, 2003

St. Petersburg, FL ( — Shock rock band Hell on Earth performed another show on Saturday night, but no suicide took place. The band has received intense scrutiny ever since it announced it would play a show where a fan would commit suicide.

The concert at the Liar’s Club in Tampa attracted about 20 fans. Though police and media camped outside the show, no suicide occurred.

Billy Tourtelot, the bands lead singer and spokesman, used the concert to declare his candidacy for the St. Petersburg City Council.

"I want your vote,” he declared, saying his candidacy was "the only way to change things.”

Tourtelot has strongly condemned the local government for passing a resolution declaring that live performances can’t include or make a profit from a suicide. A local judge issues an injunction against the band performing the first show intended to include the suicide.

The band was scheduled to play another concert Sunday but the Brass Mug, a local venue, canceled the show.

The band’s web site continues to remain down. A note on the web page from the local Internet service provider says the account has been suspended.

St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker said police and city officials would continue to monitor the situation. "We still consider the idea of using a suicide as a way of promoting a concert to be a sick concept," Baker said. "If someone chooses to break the law in our city, we’ll look to aggressively prosecute them."

The man who wants to die spoke with the host of a local radio program earlier this month. The man, whose voice was digitally scrambled, said he has less than six months to live.

While he wouldn’t provide many specifics, he said he was on a respirator. He said he asked the band to allow him to commit suicide because it was a way to get publicity about the assisted suicide crusade.

"Assisted suicide must be made legal soon for others like me," said the man.