METALLICA's first-ever concert in India, which was scheduled to take place tonight (Friday, October 28), in Gurgaon has been postponed until tomorrow evening as a result of technical issues.
"Due to some technical problems we are postponing the METALLICA concert to tomorrow," organizers said.
"The organizers have informed the police that due to technical reasons they are postponing the concert," said Gurgaon police commissioner SS Deshwal.
"They have to explain why they cancelled it," he added.
"They have not told anything to us," he said. But he maintained that people who came for the event were dispersing calmly and that "everything was under control."
"The organisers have to say why they cancelled (the show). They have to explain. They have cancelled it without taking the district administration into confidence."
According to IBNLive.com, fans had already gathered in large numbers at the Leisure Valley in Gurgaon today for the concert scheduled to begin at 7:30. After the news of postponement was announced on stage, disappointed fans tried to sabotage the venue. They broke barriers, climbed on stage and tore posters.
"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 fan Karan, who had come all the way from Mumbai, 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 2 hours now and have just been told that it has been postponed. No organizer has made any official statement if our tickets will be reimbursed or not."
According to RadioAndMusic.com, MTV India will broadcast METALLICA's first-ever concert in India. The channel, in association with F1 Rocks, will telecast the one-hour special of historic METALLICA performance one week after the live event.
MTV India channel head Aditya Swamy said, "MTV reaches approximately 130 million people across 40 million homes and its a huge thing for MTV to broadcast the most awaited concert in India in association with F1 Rocks. METALLICA concert will boost the Indian economy as international acts tend to do well in the live-music circuit in an emerging economy like India."