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Megadeth’s Gigantour Oklahoma City Fundraising Events Dampened by Weather Related Issues

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Mother Nature struck again in Oklahoma City, just as the Gigantour trek came to town to raise some serious funds to help out with the tornado recovery efforts from storms earlier in the year.

Gigantour honcho and Megadeth leader Dave Mustaine announced plans in June to make the Oklahoma City stop a fundraiser in which all proceeds from the performance would go to the Oklahoma Food Bank to aid tornado victims. In addition, some of the Gigantour bands planned to join with local celebrities for a fundraising softball game on the day prior to the show. But weather became a factor in both events.

The softball game Monday (July 15) was called due to weather, with Mustaine heading online to share his disappointment in a pair of tweets. The Megadeth frontman stated:

 

 

But after the disappointment of Monday, Mustaine and the Gigantour bands were hoping for a better outcome Tuesday night (July 16). Unfortunately, weather played a determining factor once again, with Device‘s performance being called off and Megadeth’s set left in limbo after a nearby transformer was struck by lightning. Mustaine’s frustrated tweets about the situation can be read below:

 

 

 

Also sharing their unhappiness over the situation, Device weighed in with a message to their Oklahoma City-based fans. It read as follows:

DEAR OKLAHOMA CITY FANS,

ONCE AGAIN WE ARE SO SORRY THAT OUR PERFORMANCE WAS CANCELLED TONIGHT BY THE SHOW PROMOTER DUE TO HEAVY RAIN AND MULTIPLE LIGHTNING STRIKES AT THE TIME WE WERE SUPPOSED TO BE ON STAGE. DUE TO THE MERCH AREA BEING WASHED OUT WE WERE ALSO UNABLE TO DO THE SIGNING WE PLANNED. I CANNOT EXPRESS ENOUGH, MY ANGER AND REGRET AT BEING THE ONLY BAND ON Gigantour TODAY THAT WAS DEALT SUCH A HORRIBLE HAND OF LUCK. WE HOPE THAT WE WILL BE ABLE TO MAKE IT UP TO YOU IN THE FUTURE IN SOME WAY, AND JUST TO LET YOU KNOW, THE PROMOTER HAS AGREED TO STILL PAY OUR PERCENTAGE OF TONIGHT’S PROCEEDS TO THE MOORE/OKLAHOMA CITY DISASTER RELIEF FUND.
ONCE AGAIN, MY DEEPEST APOLOGIES.

-DAVID DRAIMAN
-DEVICE

Not all was lost though, as Black Label Society was among the acts that rocked the rain-soaked crowd before things were shut down. They tweeted this message:

 

Today (July 17) is a travel day for the Gigantour trek, with all of the bands scheduled to play Bloomington, Ill. on Thursday (July 18).

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