King Diamond Drops Off Hell & Heaven Festival Following Recent Surgery

King Diamond has cancelled his March 15 performance at the Hell & Heaven Metal Fest in Mexico City, Mexico. The frontman commented:

“I was recently advised by my doctor to have surgery done for an issue, which, if not done right away, would have prevented me from flying. We did not expect to have any complications after the surgery, but my healing is slower than anticipated, and I’ve been advised to ‘forego air travel until his healing stabilizes and additional risks are minimized.’ Unfortunately and regretfully, this means that we cannot make it this weekend to play at the Hell & Heaven Festival. We love playing in Mexico and can’t wait to get a chance to make this up to you. Til then, stay heavy.”

Testament, Exodus, & Death Angel’s Hannover, Germany Show Cancelled Due To Coronavirus

Testament, Exodus, and Death Angel’s March 11 concert in Hannover, Germany has been cancelled due to the coronavirus. Testament commented:

“We greatly apologize, but we’ve also had to cancel tomorrow’s Sold-Out show in Hannover due to worldwide health concerns. We hope to make it up to you soon!”

Guns N’ Roses’ Costa Rica Concert Cancelled Due To Coronavirus

According to The Costa Rica Star, Guns N’ Roses’ March 18 show at Estadio Ricardo Saprissa Ayma in San Jose, Costa Rica has been cancelled. This news comes after The Ministry of Health and the National Emergency Commission announced that “all massive events and activities, both free and paid” were going to be scrapped due to the coronavirus.

Testament, Exodus, & Death Angel’s Milan, Italy Show Cancelled Due To Coronavirus Outbreak

Testament, Exodus, and Death Angel’s February 25 show in Milan, Italy has been cancelled due to a coronavirus outbreak. The remaining dates on their current European tour will continue as planned.

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Below is the official statement in English. We are sorry we are missing you Italy. The rest of the tour is still on!! Hope to see you soon!! +++ OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE +++ Following the order signed by the President of the Lombardy Region, we are forced to suspend all the events scheduled at the Trezzo Live Club. It is a precautionary measure valid unless corrections are made until 1 March 2020. We will shortly communicate the recovery date and the refund modalities. We want to clarify to all those who have followed us for years and also to those who have never come to us, who we have tried in all ways, expected and hoped with you, to be able to go ahead with our events and provide you with services and offer for which you have always appreciated us. The cancellation of an event causes economic damage and serious inconvenience to everyone, especially you and the public, who often make sacrifices in terms of time and money to make sure you participate in an event or concert of the band you love: by booking travel, accommodation , taking leave and vacation days. It is economic damage also for the club, obviously, for the intermediary agencies, for the companies and workers involved, up to the artists themselves. They are therefore choices that must be carefully considered, in order to also evaluate possible recoveries in the case of international tours in particular. Regarding the epidemic situation, our personal conviction is that the infection does not stop by stopping only the entertainment, sport and culture, instead leaving free access to shopping centers, supermarkets, shops, banks, public transport and offices. It is a virus that has reached every corner of the globe and is transmitted even just by walking, but which fortunately has a very limited incidence of danger. If you want to tackle the problem seriously, healthcare must be structured above all to treat serious cases. We hope to see you all as soon as possible with more and more desire to be and have fun.

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Scorpions & Whitesnake Reschedule Sydney Concert, Cancel Auckland Show

Scorpions and Whitesnake’s show at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney, Australia has officially been rescheduled and is now set to take place on February 26. However, due to logistical issues, their February 27 show at Spark Arena in Auckland, New Zealand has been cancelled. This news comes after Scorpions singer Klaus Meine recently underwent surgery for kidney stones. He has since offered an update on his condition:

“Dear Fans, looks like i‘m on my way to Sydney tomorrow …. it would mean the world to me if we finally could play the Show on Wednesday Night … i feel still a bit beaten up , but Dr. Katz said …. you can do it my friend … Let‘s Rock it Sydney ….. Are you ready for the Sting 🇦🇺??? Cheers Klaus”

Sum 41 Cancel Paris Concert After Explosive Device Is Detonated Near Venue

Sum 41 were forced to cancel tonight’s (January 18) show at Les Etoiles in Paris, France after an explosive device was detonated near the venue. The band said the following in a since deleted social media post:

“During load in for tonight’s performance in Paris, an explosive device was detonated just outside of the venue door. Band, crew, the fans in line are all safe, and there were no injuries. Due to the intimate nature of our ‘Personal Space’ performances, we are unable to guarantee the safety of the fans in attendance. We are deeply saddened to announce that tonight’s show has been canceled. More information to follow.”

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Five Finger Death Punch Postpone Duluth, MN Show Due To “Medical Emergency” Involving Guitarist Jason Hook

Five Finger Death Punch were forced to postpone tonight’s (December 12) show in Duluth, MN “due to a medical emergency” involving guitarist Jason Hook. The band tweeted the following:

Tool Cancel One Of Their San Diego, CA Shows

Tool have cancelled their January 13 show at Viejas Arena in San Diego, CA. Despite this, the band still plan to perform at the same venue on January 10 and 12. Tool commented:

“Due to a scheduling conflict, the Tool show planned for Monday, January 13 at Viejas Arena is now cancelled. Refunds will be issued at the point of purchase.”

Slipknot & Evanescence Forced To Cancel Performances At Knotfest Meets Forcefest Due To Broken Barricade

Slipknot and Evanescence were forced to cancel their performances at Knotfest Meets Forcefest in Mexico City last night (November 30) due to a broken stage barricade. The barricade got destroyed during Behemoth’s set and was unable to be fixed in time for the closing acts.

Slipknot said the following:

“Because of a broken barricade and failed attempts to fix it, Slipknot were forced to cancel our performance last night. Safety — especially the safety of our fans and fellow bands — is priority number one. We apologize profusely and hope you all understand. If anything were to happen to any of you, we wouldn’t forgive ourselves. Also, if we could have fixed the barricade correctly, we would have gone on stage. Again, we hope you all understand and we will try to make it up to you as soon as we can.”

Evanescence’s Amy Lee also commented in a video message:

“Mexico City, we are so, so disappointed that we didn’t get our chance to play for you tonight at Knotfest. The last couple of bands didn’t get to play because of a safety issue with the barricades and it wasn’t something that could be fixed. We are so sorry. We love you so much. We were waiting there, just like you, hoping that we would get our chance, but it didn’t work out tonight. I don’t know how, but somehow we are going to make it up to you. We love you so much. We’ll see you next time.”

Fans reacted angrily to the cancellation and ended up storming the stage and destroying gear belonging to the bands. You can find footage of that below:

Slipknot said the following about the destruction:

“Due to unforeseen circumstances, Slipknot were not able to perform at last night’s Knotfest.

Security barricades became an issue, and it was decided that for the safety of the fans, neither Slipknot or special guests Evanescence could take the stage.

We had hoped to be able to perform today, but regrettably, a situation arose onstage after the cancellation that damaged or destroyed gear that would have been necessary to play.

We are extremely disappointed that we did not get the chance to perform, but the safety of our fans and our community is our biggest priority. We will look to get back to Mexico sometime in the future.”

Evanescence added:

“Even though we are devastated by the destruction of our instruments and gear, we do not see the violent end to last night as a representation of our Mexican fans, or the Mexican people. 50,000 people were there, and sadly a handful of them turned to anger and violence after the cancellation. You have shown us an incredible amount of love from the very beginning, and we will always come back for you.”

Volbeat Cancel Finland Show Due To Labor Strikes

Volbeat have been forced to cancel their November 27 show in Helsinki, Finland. The cancellation was related to the ongoing labor strikes in the country.

The band commented:

“Hello Finland! Due to the current country-wide labor strikes, we will unfortunately have to cancel our show at Hartwall Arena this Wednesday, November 27th. Many of the people and services that we depend on to get the bands, touring crew and gear safely to and from Helsinki will be on strike and it will be impossible for us to arrive in your beautiful city in time for the show. Please contact your point of purchase for a full refund.

Please know that we hope for these strikes to have a positive outcome, and we are already planning our next trip to come play for all of you amazing fans (announcements to be made soon). In the meantime, please keep rocking, have a great holiday season and we will see you in the new year!”