Promoters Behind Metallica’s Botched India Concert Seek Bail
Insisting theirs was not an “orchestrated fiasco,” according to the Hindustan Times, the four DNA Events employees jailed following last month’s aborted Metallica concert in India are also denying claims they cheated fans.
As a source tells the newspaper, the DNA organizers will cite their payment of pre-show taxes and bank securities as proof that no cheating took place, contrary to police reports.
Following the scrapped concert, which resulted in rioting by angry Indian metalheads, DNA reportedly paid back the majority of the roughly $1,205,300 it collected it online ticket sales and was left with only about $1,600.
Booked to perform on Friday, Oct. 28, the metal giants initially postponed their show – which was to have been their first in India – until the following day. The official reason given was “serious technical difficulties,” and the following day, when DNA failed to obtain the necessary permits, the whole thing was cancelled.
“[T]he district administration did not give the No Objection Certificate,” a source told the Hindustan Times. “The petition will press for the bail on such grounds.”
At the time, Metallica apologized to fans, insisting they had been “very excited” for the concert. They have yet to apologize for ‘Lulu,’ however.