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Metallica Fans in India Started a Riot . . . When a Show Was Canceled at the Last Minute Over Security Concerns METALLICA was supposed to play their first gig ever in India on Friday, but it was canceled at the last minute due to "security concerns."  Specifically, a barrier in front of the stage collapsed, and couldn't be repaired.  Around 25,000 fans were at the venue, but the band never took the stage.  The fans were NOT pleased . . . and "dozens" of them raided the stage and vandalized equipment.  CHAOS ensued.  The rioters trashed instruments and the sound system, and they threw bottles at the digital display screens.  Metallica initially planned on rescheduling the show for the next night, Saturday . . . but the concert organizers weren't able to get a permit in time.  Metallica issued this statement:  Quote, "We [were] very excited and ready to play our first show ever in India . . .  "However, 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.  Our first and foremost concern is always for the safety of you, the fans."  Metallica did finally give up their Indian virginity yesterday, at a separate, previously scheduled gig in a different city.  (--That one happened in Bangalore.  Friday's show was supposed to happen in Gurgaon.)  Four people from the promotion company have been arrested for fraud, cheating people and breach of trust.  They also oversold the venue and didn't tell fans about the cancellation in a timely manner. [kml_flashembed movie="" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /]


10/31/2011 4:25AM
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