I Called It: Metallica’s India Concert Cancelled!

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I fucking knew this was going to happen. Yesterday, after holding a press conference in India, Metallica decided not to play the India concert that was postponed the night before when fans went batshit. Why? Because the security there was too lax.

Now, according to NDTV, the organizers of Metallica’s Indian gig have been arrested and charged with cheating. I wish we could arrest people for cheating here in America.

The operational head of DNA Entertainment Network, Rajesh Chandwani, and his team members — Umesh, Ashok Singh and Savio Faleio — were charged with cheating people and breach of trust under section 406 and 420 of the Indian Penal Code, Station House Officer Jagdish Prasad told reporters.

The police allege that the organizers oversold Friday’s concert beyond its 25,000 capacity at the Leisure Valley Park in Gurgaon’s Sector 29 and that the authorities were never informed before the cancelation was announced.

The organizers have said all ticket holders will be refunded. They said full-page advertisements on refunds will be put out in the next 24 hours explaining all the details. Meanwhile, Metallica is supposed to play in Southern India tonight. I wonder if that will happen?

A member of Metallica’s crew told the Times of India — one of my favorite news sites — “I have no idea at all [what happened]. I was getting ready to play the show, and then I was told it wasn’t happening,” he said.

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About Chris Harris

Chris Harris is an internationally-published music journalist and writer whose work has appeared on the pages of Rolling Stone, IFC, Revolver, Alternative Press, and Radar. The former news editor for Noisecreep, Harris also served as co-host for the site’s weekly podcast, “Creep Show." Before that, he spent four years writing for MTV News.