Sunday, October 30, 2011

VIDEO: India TV interviews Metallica prior to concert cancellation

The fallout from this weekend’s cancelled Metallica show in Gurgaon, India continues, as concert organizers have been arrested for cheating the public.

NDTV reports Gurgaon police said the operational head of DNA Entertainment Network for Metallica concerts, Rajesh Chandwani, and his team members - Umesh, Ashok Singh and Savio Faleio - were arrested on charges of cheating people and breach of trust.

Fans rioted after word of Friday’s cancellation was announced at the venue, just hours before the event was to begin.

Organizers said the show was postponed due to “technical reasons,” and they tried to reschedule things to Saturday, without any luck. The promoters were taken into custody and full refunds are planned for ticket holders.

Metallica also released a statement, saying the band “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.”

Before any word of an event cancellation took place, Metallica held a press conference for local media, and did an interview for NDTV.

Metallica – interview
NDTV – Delhi, India – October 28, 2011

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