Friday, October 28, 2011

VIDEO: Metallica fans riot in India

A 24-hour postponement of the Metallica show in India Friday night has led angry and impatient fans on site to riot.

Metallica’s concert in Gurgaon was postponed 24 hours until Saturday, due to technical issues, according to event organizers. Now, local media reports are speculating whether the show will take place at all.

The Times Of India reports the delay triggered chaos at the venue and left thousands of fans disappointed.

"Due to some technical problems, we are postponing the Metallica concert to tomorrow," organizers said, without providing further details.

"The organizers have informed the police that, due to technical reasons, they are postponing the concert," said Gurgaon police commissioner SS Deshwal, ruling out it was due to chaos at the venue.

Fans including from outside the National Capital Region(NCR) had already gathered in large numbers at the Leisure Valley in Gurgaon for the concert scheduled to begin at 7:30pm. The venue has a capacity to seat an audience of around 30,000 fans.

After the news of postponement was announced on stage, disappointed fans tried to vandalize the venue; they broke barriers, climbed on stage and tore posters. Several fans gained access to the stage area, setting fire to banners and causing damage to the LED screens, monitors and other equipment.

Metallica is in the country to perform as a part of F1 Rocks and is scheduled to perform in Bangalore on Sunday.

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