When you cancel a show for legendary band Metallica, you have to expect that people are not going to be particularly happy about it — and is amplified to a higher degree when you consider the fact that Friday was supposed to mark the first-ever concert for the band in India.
A show that was scheduled in Gurgaon near Dehli ended up being postponed at first for a day just before it started due to technical and safety reasons, and fans did not take the news particularly well. As you can see in the video below, many of them end up storming the stage in protest — with some tearing up parts of the stage and throwing them various distances.
Concert organizers have already apologized for the problem, but it’s safe to say that the protests on Friday pretty much ensured that nothing could happen on Saturday. In a statement, the band announced that they are not going to be performing this weekend at all:
“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 here as additional details are determined and confirmed.”