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Eddie the Head not welcome in Lithuania

Iron Maiden's mascot has been scrubbed from the streets of Kaunas after residents objected to the band's latest tour poster

By Jon Chapple on 16 Jun 2016

Eddie the Head, Iron Maiden, Book of Souls world tour, Kaunas, Live Nation Latvia

The poster in question


image © Live Nation Lithuania

A poster promoting Iron Maiden’s The Book of Souls world tour in Lithuania has been banned over fears it could scare children.

The poster, featuring the band’s mascot, Eddie the Head, has been subject to complaints from residents in the city of Kaunas, says Gražina Ramanauskaitė-Tiumenevienė, Lithuania’s inspector of journalist ethics, and will now be investigated in connection with a law protecting minors from offensive content.

“We received a letter saying that we should stop advertising because it scares children,” says Mindaugas Paukštė, a lawyer for Live Nation Lithuania, tells Russian-language news site Delfi. “At the moment we’re still deciding what to do, but we will most likely have to remove the posters.”

The advertisement, which shows Eddie holding a bloody heart (presumably his own), has been used elsewhere in the world without incident.

Iron Maiden will play the 20,000-capacity indoor Žalgiris Arena in Kaunas (Kovno) next Thursday (23 June).

 


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