Metallica Release Statement Regarding India Concert Cancellation
Metallica have issued a statement on the unfortunate cancellation of their concert in Delhi, India, that led to a riot by fans already at the venue. The concert originally was going to take place today (Oct. 28) and then was postponed to tomorrow (Oct. 29) because of security and staging concerns. Now, the concert has been canceled altogether.
The band's full statement on the incident follows:
We arrived in Delhi on Friday very excited and ready to play our first show ever in India at the F1 Rocks concert. However, immediately at the end of our afternoon press conference at a hotel near the venue, we were notified that there was a serious question as to whether the show could proceed with regard to the safety of the concert audience. And our first and foremost concern is always for the safety of you, the fans.
Once we, along with DNA, the promoters of the show, determined that there was a failure of a security barricade in front of the stage that could not be adequately repaired, the promoter reluctantly announced the postponement of the show until Saturday. Unfortunately, on such short notice the promoters were unable to secure a permit for a show on Saturday. Therefore, DNA announced that we would not be able to play in Delhi. Within the next 24 hours a notification will be issued by DNA regarding the process for full refunds.
We are deeply disappointed with this news as we were looking forward to our first experience in India as much as you guys were. Keep watching for updates [at Metallica.com] as additional details are determined and confirmed.