The Used Banned From Canada Performances For Ten Years

The Used have been denied permission to perform in Canada for ten years due to the Bert McCracken's criminal record.

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Bad news for Canadian fans of US band The Used - the rockers have been denied permission to perform in the country for ten years due to the Bert McCracken's criminal record.

The band had been scheduled to tour Canada but were forced to cancel the shows earlier this month. Now, the frontman has revealed Canadian fans will have quite a wait before the band can perform live in their country.

"They won't let me in. They said not for 10 years," says McCracken in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine. "It's weird, they're like, 'You need to rehabilitate these crimes before you come back to Canada.' I'm like, 'What does that mean?'"

He adds that he believes Canadian authorities are overreacting to his criminal record for minor incidents, adding: "When I say criminal record, I'm talking teensy, eensy misdemeanors they still have on my record from, like, 2001 and 2003 - trespassing."

He also revealed plans to perform shows close to the Canadian border so fans can drive to nearby concerts.

Thanks for the report to Gigwise.com.

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    leony03
    Firebreather01 wrote: The Bert McCracken lol
    Oh only if his first name was Phil...
    jimihendrix6699
    i don't like the band but if he can't play some shows in Canada for trespassing charges that happened 10 years ago, that's pretty ridiculous.
    Slaytan666
    JMV12 wrote: Dear Canada: You still are responsible for Nickelback. That is an affront to humanity that can never be cleansed.
    We are also responsible for Rush. Check and mate.
    nnb
    Agent51 wrote: Slaytan666 wrote: JMV12 wrote: Dear Canada: You still are responsible for Nickelback. That is an affront to humanity that can never be cleansed. We are also responsible for Rush. Check and mate. ....and Justin Beiber....
    Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, Backstreet boys, Britney Spears, Lady Gaga. Do you really want to go down this road?
    jrodgers
    Teensy eensy misdemeanors from 01' and 03'? The judge let you off easy if the albums you released those years were only misdemeanors
    Radical Bob
    No quotation from Canadian law enforcement? All we get in this article is the idiotic ramblings of a band member instead of some facts on why they're being denied entry. Seems like more than one misdemeanour may form some sort of pattern if we were provided with other pieces to the puzzle...
    Nero Galon
    Interesting, now I know that the high majority of UG hate The Used. I for one I actually do like them and am not afraid to say it. Obviously there are no facts of what he has done in the past, so if he has been banned just for tresspassing back in 01' + O3' then yes that is kinda harsh but he might have done more things.... Just saying.
    JMV12
    Dear Canada: You still are responsible for Nickelback. That is an affront to humanity that can never be cleansed.
    purplexing
    I never understood people who hate certain types of music. Does it make you feel as if your taste is better?
    badfish_lewis
    Concerts near the border? Shoulda invested in some long range artillery...for the uhh, fireworks show...ya, thats it, the fireworks show
    vppark2
    john_kimble wrote: I wish I lived in Canada. This band is atrocius.
    I find the community on this website so damn funny. The majority of users on here always seem to have to something to say about a band they dont like. I just dont get it. Do u see me making fun of a band i dont like? No. And im not even a big fan of this band. I like their latest effort on Vulnerable, but thats about it. Just wish ppl could open their minds more before they speak.
    Agent51
    Slaytan666 wrote: JMV12 wrote: Dear Canada: You still are responsible for Nickelback. That is an affront to humanity that can never be cleansed. We are also responsible for Rush. Check and mate.
    ....and Justin Beiber....
    ne14t
    Anyone with a Criminal Record can't cross the boarder, its always been like this; however you can have it pardoned or expunged from your records if you fill out the proper paperwork thus allowing you to travel again.
    aldogia
    Personally I think Canada is right. I mean you cant allow tresspassers to get off that lightly. Its a gateway crime, next its loitering...then who knows! Drug dealing, arms trade, overthrow a small african country, the list is endless.
    w77yyz
    They should just sneak in on a rusty boat and claim refugee status. It will take a decade to deport them and they get to go on welfare in the meantime.
    ronhoward
    Canada should issue the world an apology for Crash Test Dummies among many many other atrocious acts.
    k-lap
    I'm pretty sure the Used has toured in Canada before; It's over the top security concerns of this "new: government. Also I think he can just appeal it to be removed from his record and he can travel again.
    $hithappen$16
    I like The Used. Why's Canada being a stickler for this dudes criminal record all of a sudden? I'm sure they've toured up there a few times since 2003. Just sayin...
    motorizer
    JMV12 wrote: Dear Canada: You still are responsible for Nickelback. That is an affront to humanity that can never be cleansed.
    We do apologize for nickelback, And we promise it will never happen again PS. Dont worry I really do hate them.
    Agent51
    nnb wrote: Agent51 wrote: Slaytan666 wrote: JMV12 wrote: Dear Canada: You still are responsible for Nickelback. That is an affront to humanity that can never be cleansed. We are also responsible for Rush. Check and mate. ....and Justin Beiber.... Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, Backstreet boys, Britney Spears, Lady Gaga. Do you really want to go down this road?
    Wow, so defensive! I couldn't really care less what sh*tty "musicians" are from where, I just threw that out there cause the poster seemed so full of himself with the "Rush/checkmate" comment. But I do thank you for your time and effort in writing us out a list of musicians that will also make the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame before Rush....
    vppark2
    rocker222 wrote: is bird and the worm the only good song from these people?
    Listen to their new album, "Vulnerable".
    amac535
    That's not true. I know the border patrol often delays bands and performers coming from the US but they've never banned someone 10 years for a misdemeanor. Rappers that have been convicted of murder still make it into the country.
    Family Reunion
    vppark2 wrote: john_kimble wrote: I wish I lived in Canada. This band is atrocius.I find the community on this website so damn funny. The majority of users on here always seem to have to something to say about a band they dont like. I just dont get it. Do u see me making fun of a band i dont like? No. And im not even a big fan of this band. I like their latest effort on Vulnerable, but thats about it. Just wish ppl could open their minds more before they speak.
    Maybe he opened his mind and said "God, this band is atrocious" Anyways, never really listened to them, so I can't say. Banned from Canada? So much news about suing and banning today
    axeldarkman420
    Fuck The Used. Saw them yesterday at Warp Tour... first time listening to them... God damn, it was awful...
    ruker
    I was watching a punk documentary the other night and everyone was bashing this band. Was quite hilarious. Good to see Canada is joining in on the fun!
    jjbarnes
    rocker222 wrote: is bird and the worm the only good song from these people?
    It's the only one I've ever heard that I liked.
    rocker222
    is bird and the worm the only good song from these people?
    suggy88
    FUCK THIS IS LAME! Now, i'll have to go to the states to see them
    DevilsDance76
    Thank god. Keep them out of Canada I say. Pioneers of a musical era I'd soon like to forget existed.
    strung_out1
    funny, Canada won't let a band in yet they let shit like Nickleback and Bieber free on the world... lucky they invented Propagandhi so I'll forgive 'em.