A day after singer-songwriter Michelle Shocked attacked gay marriage and gay people in San Francisco, Santa Cruz club Moe's Alley has canceled her show here set for March 28.
"All of us at Moe's Alley are believers in the positive vibe and message in the music we present," said owner Bill Welch, in a press release. "We will not tolerate bigotry or hateful views from anyone, regardless of musical talent."
The plug was pulled on her Yoshi's show Sunday after she talked about ending gay marriage, and said, "You can go on Twitter and say ‘Michelle Shocked says God hates fags,'" according to Twittered accounts of the show.
Some suspected it might have been a joke, part of the a shock in what she calls her "Short Sharp Shocked Tour." (Bonus points for any reader who can name what non-Shocked recording the tour name is from.)
But the audience began leaving during the rant and as Shocked continued playing, management shut off the sound.
Those who already bought tickets for the Moe's show will have their money refunded in 72 hours, Welch said.
Her bio on the Moe's Alley site says that "Michelle Shocked was born Michelle Johnston in Dallas, TX, in 1962, where she spent her early childhood traveling around army bases. In 1977, she ran away from her Mormon fundamentalist mother to live with her father, who introduced her to country bluesmen Big Bill Broonzy and Leadbelly...
"After dropping out of the University of Texas, she moved to San Francisco, where she quickly embraced the city's punk scene. When she returned home, her mother had her committed to a psychiatric hospital. She was released when her insurance ran out. Shocked left Texas in 1983, traveled throughout the U.S., and became an activist in the squatters movement in New York."
She came out against abortion in this interview in New York magazine.
Yoshi's tweeted this message: "WE AT YOSHI'S SF DO NOT & WILL NOT EVER TOLERATE THE TYPE OF BIGOTRY & HATRED EXHIBITED LAST NIGHT BY@MShocked SHE WILL NEVER BE BACK."