In what’s become a tradition between cities involved in major sporting events, a Wisconsin rock radio station announced that they would refrain from playing any Seattle bands until the completion of the NFC Championship game between the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks.
For the next few days, 94.5 The Lake will broadcast their “Say No to Seattle!” playlist, which will ban artists like Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Jimi Hendrix and Heart from being played in the Milwaukee region. “We play everything, because it’s all about the variety, except music from Seattle,” said Lake DJ J. Pat Miller (via TMJ4). “Not this week. We’re saying no to Seattle as the Packers get ready to go out to the Pacific Northwest and WIN!”
Stunts like these usually happen in the lead-up to a big game: During the 2014 World Series, San Francisco–area radio stations ceased playing Lorde’s “Royals” when the Giants faced off against the Kansas City Royals. Still, 94.5 the Lake’s decision to keep off Soundgarden off their playlists has irked frontman Chris Cornell, who tweeted, “What? Seattle music ban?”
Meanwhile, the Seattle Seahawks announced that Alice in Chains will perform during halftime at the Packers-Seahawks game, which will take place at Seattle’s CenturyLink Field this Sunday. “It’s an honor to be asked to take part in anything to do with the Seahawks,” Jerry Cantrell said in a statement. “I’m always happy to show up and lend a helping hand, absolutely.”
No word yet whether Seattle radio stations will retaliate by banning Bon Iver from their airwaves.