Metallica Cancels Two Concerts, Indian Fans Riot
Fans of Metallica weren’t happy this past Friday night in India. Showing their distaste for the cancellation of the show that was scheduled to be performed by the rockers in Guragon, fans reportedly began to riot, ripping the stage apart, lighting banners on fire, throwing water bottles, damaging equipment, and more. Some of the 25,000 people there to attend the show were injured.
Tempers flared after what the Huffington Post says was an issue with the "failure of a security barricade in front of the stage that could not be adequately repaired." The barricade was damaged when one gate was opened to concert goers who spent the next couple of hours ignoring “multiple announcements asking them to stand back,” eventually causing the damage. The Metallica concert, their first show in India, was then rescheduled for Saturday night instead. Meanwhile, a crew member told The Times Of India that he had no idea about the cancellation. "I have no idea at all. I was getting ready to play the show, and then I was told it wasn't happening.”
Issuing a statement about the show, F1 Rocks shared that "every conceivable effort had been made for the concert to go ahead today but, in view of public safety, and in consultation with the event organizer DNA Entertainment Network and representatives from Metallica, the decision was made to cancel the show, adding “we would like to offer our sincerest apologies to the many enthusiastic fans who were looking forward to watch a great band perform."
Unfortunately Saturday’s Metallica concert in Delhi was then canceled as well, after what the Huff has revealed is due to a lack of permission. Heads behind the concert did not obtain the proper permits. Four of the organizers behind the concert were also arrested and charged with selling tickets to fans after reaching the legal seating limit, and failing to notify Metallica concert goers about the cancellations in a timely manner.
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