Guragon, INDIA — October 29, 2011 —
Metallica and show promoter DNA Networks announced just prior to their first ever concert in India on Friday in the city of Guragon, that they’d have to postpone it until Saturday due to “failure of a security barricade in front of the stage that could not be adequately repaired,” the band wrote on their blog.
We just spoke to Thunder Audio’s Paul Owen who was Metallica’s monitor engineer for 25 years before coming off the road a year ago. Thunder is also the band’s audio provider. Paul says everyone is OK but that the equpment is trashed and that they are currently trying to see what can be salvaged for a show scheduled for tomorrow. We also have a call out to house engineer Big Mick Hughes and will update this as soon as we speak with him.
News sources reported that following a rush into the venue upon one gate opening, the fans that managed to get in spent the next several hours pushing toward the stage as venue officials made multiple announcements asking them to stand back. When the concert was finally postponed, some 25,000 fans who had traveled from throughout the country began rioting, with fans setting banners on fire and rushing the stage to trash instruments that had already been set up for the band. A number of fans were injured and major traffic jams ensued.
On top of that , the performance that was deferred to Saturday in Delhi didn’t happen either as the band and promoter were unable to obtain the proper permission to hold the event the following day.
The concert was part of the nation’s first Formula One race series; Lady Gaga is scheduled to perform Saturday to close out the major event.
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