Metallica fails to kick off, chaos at venue

Metallica`s maiden concert in India failed to kick off as scheduled on Friday night triggering chaos at the venue.

Updated: Oct 28, 2011, 21:29 PM IST

Gurgaon: Celebrated American Heavy Metal
and Rock band Metallica`s maiden concert in India failed to
kick off as scheduled on Friday night triggering chaos at the venue
and leaving thousands of fans disappointed.

After citing technical problems for the postponement,
the concert organisers said the eagerly awaited concert by the
American Grammy-winning group, considered the gods of rock,
will be held tomorrow.

"Due to some technical problems we are postponing the
Metallica concert to tomorrow," organisers said but did not
give details.

"The organisers 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 7:30 pm. 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 vandalise the venue. They broke
barriers, climbed on stage and tore posters.

Fans waited with bated breath to hear the band belt out
their biggest hits from `Nothing Else Matters` and `Enter
Sandman` to `One` and `Seek and Destroy`.

Metallica is in India to coincide with Formula One
making its beginning for the first time in India. They are due
to perform in Bangalore on Sunday.

"It is so disappointing. I have been standing in the
line for two hours and then the organisers just announce that
it has been postponed to tomorrow because of some technical
difficulties," said Ramnik, a fan at the venue.

Another outstation fan Karan said, "I am very
disappointed that the concert has been cancelled. I came all
the way from Mumbai to see the concert. I have been standing
for almost two hours now and have just been told that it has
been postponed. No organiser has made any official statement
if our tickets will be reimbursed or not."

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

PC Meena, deputy commissioner of police, Gurgaon, said,
"We had taken a bank guarantee of Rs one crore from the
organisers to grant permission for the concert.

"If the administration finds that the reason behind the
postponement of the concert is not genuine, then we will
refund the ticket amount to buyers."

He also said that they may blacklist the organisers
barring them from organising such events in Gurgaon further.