Rotterdam police cancel rock gig after ‘terror threat’

  • Allah-Las were due to perform at Maassilo venue in Rotterdam on Wednesday
  • But the California band were forced to call off the concert after a ‘terror threat’
  • It is unclear if the threat related to the band’s name, which they admit has caused offence to Muslims in the past

A rock gig by California band Allah-Las in Rotterdam has been canceled after reports of a terror threat.

The owners of venue Maassilo, where the band were set to perform, sent out a message warning people not to come as armed police swooped in.

It is not clear whether the threat is related to the band’s name, which uses the Arabic word for ‘God’ and has caused offense to Muslims in the past.

A venue owner Turkey once called off one of their gigs because he did not feel comfortable with the moniker, the Mirror reports.

In an interview last year with The Guardian, the band said they chose the name simply because they wanted something ‘holy sounding’ and did not realise it would cause a pushback.

‘We get emails from Muslims, here in the US and around the world, saying they’re offended, but that absolutely wasn’t our intention,’ singer Miles Michaud said.