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Unclear Smoke Signals

03:01 PM Friday 10/8/10 |   |

The U.S.-based Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids urged well-known rock artists to withdraw from the Java Rockin’ Land festival slated for Oct. 8-10 in Jakarta, Indonesia.

The festival was being sponsored by cigarette manufacturer PT Gudang Garam.

Two weeks prior to the opening of the festival, Australian band Wolfmother announced it was pulling out.

The band’s Andrew Stockdale said in a note on the Wolfmother website that he “would not use the tobacco industry’s money to line my pockets.”

However, the next day the band changed its mind, removing the previous post and saying that Wolfmother would, in fact, be playing Oct. 10.

“This one is for the fans in Indonesia who have parted with their very own cold hard cash to see Wolfmother,” the post said. “We realize there are sponsors and we neither support or condemn the sponsors affiliated with the festival.”

Other groups who appeared at the festival include Smashing Pumpkins, Mute Math, Dashboard Confessional, The Vines and Stereophonics.

In the past, Kelly Clarkson and Alicia Keys have had tobacco sponsorship for their Indonesian concerts withdrawn after being made aware of the fact.


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