Disaster Strikes Brazilian Metal Festival

Anthrax, Saxon and 28 other bands cancelled their appearances at Metal Open Air at the very last minute. So what went wrong?

Disaster Strikes Brazilian Metal Festival
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The Brazilian festival scene faced disaster over the weekend when the Metal Open Air event fell to pieces in front of its own audience. It promised performances from some of the best known metal acts in the world, but many acts were forced to cancel only hours ahead of their performances due to non-payment. The show progressively got worse over the weekend, with Sunday being canceled altogether and attendees being advised to seek legal advice, according to Antiquiet. So how can a huge festival with headliners including Megadeth, Anthrax and the "Rock & Roll All-Stars" comprised of Gene Simmons, Sebastian Bach, Matt Sorum and Duff McKagan go so wrong? It started on Thursday, one day before it was due to open, when Venom canceled their show because their visas had mistakenly been sent to Africa. Soon after, Saxon and the Rock & Roll All-Stars canceled their sets due to non-payment, as did several Brazilian acts. "Allegedly the local promoter in Brazil can't be located so we can't pay the crew, musicians, pilots, etc & won't make that show!" tweeted Gene Simmons' wife Shannon. So far, that's two festival headliners who failed to show up. Megadeth went ahead and played their headline set on Friday, but with 30 of 47 bands failing to turn up, the stages were being pulled down before Sunday. And that's just the cancellations. We don't have room to cover all the safety concerns and poor accommodation. At first glance, it seems that the organisers failed to manage their financial shortcomings, but there are rumors that the local government pulled out its sizeable investment at the last minute. The government contoured this rumor by saying it never funded such events. It's a huge blow for Brazilian metal fans, in a country which has been working towards making a name for live events with shows like Lollapalooza Brazil.

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    metallicaftwlp
    that's horrible by the people responsible, i would be annoyed as **** if that happened to me. good to hear megadeth played though, good on Dave (Mustaine).
    Minivirus2
    Wow, on the same day UG **** all over Mustaine, he goes and plays a show he may not even be paid to play. The irony...
    arnolddrummer
    "Um Megadeth, do you think you guys could maybe play all of your songs? you're kind of the only band at this festival."
    teknoman
    Sammeir123 wrote: It's hardly a disaster, is it? I was expecting death tolls etc.
    Same thing here, i was thinking about a stage falling down or something like that. Misleading headline? you be the judge.
    iommi600
    It was really shameful. For ****ing god's sake, the stage was covered with CANVAS! Also, all the equipments were ****ed up, people had no food or a place to sleep, and many bands were not even paid. I really appreciate Mustaine's attitude on this one.
    Guitaristallday
    OxMxGxTACOS wrote: rhs5110 wrote: Glad to see the megadeth camp still rocked out I'm not
    That's cause you like Jusin Bieber
    Xenophy
    haygoe wrote: only one i give a shit about is anthrax
    No one gives a shit
    JSTER720
    The comments praising Dave Mustaine for playing this anyway are a little misguided...Megadeth was probably already paid to play the show. No band, no matter how cool they may be, will just fly half way around the world to play a free show.
    Then you dont know Dave too well. Mustaine is very dedicated to fans and im pretty sure he's played free shows before
    Asterix_13
    Dave Mustaine On Brazil's Metal Open Air - "We Weren't Playing For The Promoter Anymore; We Were Playing For The People"
    Asterix_13
    Dave Mustaine On Brazil's Metal Open Air - "We Weren't Playing For The Promoter Anymore; We Were Playing For The People"
    Linkerman
    Despite recent development, Brazil is pretty much just a third-world country... What did you expect?
    centermass
    and after all that mustaine bashing tsk tsk you people and you know who you are should be ashamed of yourselves. good for you dave!
    Chronologo
    I've been following this disaster and the accusations between the producers look like a cheap soap opera, it's beyond the point of ridiculous. It's sad for all the ppl who expected a first class festival like wacken or rock in rio.
    ne14t
    And this is why the trek to Wacken Open Air is a must for all metal fans. Tragic to see a festival get shit on so bad though.
    iommi600
    Linkerman wrote: Despite recent development, Brazil is pretty much just a third-world country... What did you expect?
    And you are pretty much just an *****.
    Wisthler
    Despite recent development, Brazil is pretty much just a third-world country... What did you expect? ignorance!
    At it finest
    MandoMetal
    Linkerman wrote: Despite recent development, Brazil is pretty much just a third-world country... What did you expect?
    ignorance!
    6-String_Madman
    Guitaristallday wrote: OxMxGxTACOS wrote: rhs5110 wrote: Glad to see the megadeth camp still rocked out I'm not That's cause you like Justin Bieber
    plus Nicky Minaj, Jay-Z, Rihanna, Creed, Nickelback and the Black Veil Brides! woot! woot!
    Zan595
    The comments praising Dave Mustaine for playing this anyway are a little misguided...Megadeth was probably already paid to play the show. No band, no matter how cool they may be, will just fly half way around the world to play a free show.
    joelpizzaguy
    The problem is not that it is Brazil. It is where it was going to happen. They've choose Maranho, a poor and far state. If this concert would've happened in So Paulo as Loollapalooza or in Rio as Rock in Rio, or even Curitiba or Porto Alegre, this wouldn't have happened. And also, the organizers were pretty incompetent.
    Linkerman wrote: Despite recent development, Brazil is pretty much just a third-world country... What did you expect?
    OxMxGxTACOS
    rhs5110 wrote: Glad to see the megadeth camp still rocked out
    I'm not
    haygoe
    Xenophy wrote: haygoe wrote: only one i give a shit about is anthrax No one gives a shit
    if that was true then you didnt need to comment did you!
    99deadballons
    Zan595 wrote: The comments praising Dave Mustaine for playing this anyway are a little misguided...Megadeth was probably already paid to play the show. No band, no matter how cool they may be, will just fly half way around the world to play a free show.
    Even if that is true! Dave still rules for getting paid! \../
    b_flo
    My buddy, who worked for Symphony X, said they came on 2hrs late. The backline and gear were not up to standards. There was actually smoke coming out of the amps during the performance on one of the other bands.
    strung_out1
    Everyone should watch the NOFX film, Backstage Passport. Anyone tours South America at their own peril, I feel sorry for the real music fans there.