Anthrax, Saxon and 28 other bands cancelled their appearances at Metal Open Air at the very last minute. So what went wrong?
Posted on Apr 23, 2012 02:53 pm
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.