Vocalist Tobias Sammet of German metallers EDGUY has clarified a statement that he made in a recent interview regarding his opinion of the U.S. and whether he would ever want to live there. Asked if the band would ever be really big outside mainland Europe, Sammet told Rushonrock.com, "It's getting better for us in the UK. Slowly but surely we're starting to make an impression on British audiences. If you want to be big in the USA, you have to go there and stay there. I wouldn't want to live in the USA in a million years! It's a different planet and I don't want to go there. That means we're never going to be a big, big act over there but that's OK. I just don't want to make the sacrifices we'd have to make to break that market in a big way."
Sammet has now released the following statement clarifying the comments he made in the Rushonrock.com interview:
"I've just been told that I might have said something that pissed some people off, some comment about the USA that I made in an interview. I don't get it at all: I never said that I hate the USA, it's a great country and I have a lot of friends in the USA and I feel it is disrespectful to them to say that I hate the whole fucking country and the great people I've met there. Don't misuse my statements!!! Like in every country, I think a lot of things go wrong there, I just said that I don't wanna live over there. So, what's the point??? I just wanna live at home, in good old Germany. I don't know why people are so aggressive when it comes to honest statements, I was asked questions in an interview and I replied honestly.
"This was not meant to be a political statement. If some asshole wants to misuse my statements for some racist purpose, I get fucking mad. I've been told that people started to discuss about the second World War, about immigrants, about black people...
"People: This is rock 'n' roll!!!! There is no place for racism in my life! We are one fucking world!!! America, Russia, Australia, Europe... I love aspects of America and I love aspects of Brazil, Germany, any country... We are one fucking world. If you misuse my statement for a racist issue: FUCK YOU!!! Now go hug each other! This music is meant to make people come together, not the opposite!!!"