American rock band Metallica is all set to perform in the Palace Grounds in Bangalore late Sunday evening. People in Bangalore and the organizers are excited about the event and hope that it will be a success.
Metallica fans were disappointed in a big way after their concert in Gurgaon was cancelled on Friday. Organizers in Bangalore told the media that they had made enough arrangement for security in Bangalore.
Four officials of an event management firm were arrested on Saturday, a day after Metallica's Gurgaon concert was cancelled. The organizer, DNA Networks, had initially postponed the event to Saturday but later cancelled it, provoking many fans to vandalize the Leisure Valley Ground venue. According to the police, Rajesh Kumar, general manager of DNA Networks, was arrested along with team members Umesh Chinara, Ashok Singh and Saviou Faleiro on charges of cheating and breach of trust. A local court sent all the accused to police remand for six days.
Meanwhile, Metallica said that the concert was cancelled due to safety concerns.
"Once the promoters of the show, DNA Networks, and Metallica determined that there was failure of a security barricade in front of the stage that could not be adequately repaired, they reluctantly announced postponement of the show until Saturday. Unfortunately, on such short notice, the promoters were unable to secure a permit for a show; therefore DNA Networks announced that Metallica would not be able to play in Delhi. Metallica is deeply disappointed with this news," drummer Lars Ulrich said in a statement.
The organisers have sold tickets worth Rs 11 crore. Around 85% tickets were purchased online. The organizers have been booked after one of the buyers Chaderpal Yadav lodged a complaint with the Sector 29 police.
Soon after the concert was cancelled, the situation went out of control as fans anxiously waiting for the show, tried to break barriers to reach the stage and started damaging equipment.