AVENGED SEVENFOLD Explains Jakarta Concert Cancelation

AVENGED SEVENFOLD was forced to cancel its May 1 concert due to "safety concerns."

Commented the band in a statement: "Over the years, Jakarta, with its many loyal A7X fans, has become one of our favorite cities to visit. And so it is with the deepest regret that we announce tonight's (May 1) concert in Jakarta, Indonesia has been cancelled.

"Upon arriving at the venue in the morning and consulting with local production staff, it was determined that the stage at Carnaval Beach was not safe and would endanger the band and the thousands of fans who had purchased tickets. Although the building of a stage is the responsibility of the promoter, not the band, our production crew made every effort to work with local staff to find a way to overcome concerns and put on a safe event. Unfortunately, the safety concerns were too great and made it impossible for us to perform.

"You may read reports from others that the show was cancelled because the band was worried about its security. Do not believe it. There is only one reason the show was cancelled: the stage had numerous defects and was not safe and our fans, as well as the band and crew, could have been hurt.

"Words cannot adequately express how disappointed we are at missing the opportunity to play in Jakarta."

According to The Jakarta Post, North Utara Police Chief Sr. Comr. Muhammad Iqbal denied that the cancelation was because of "security reasons," as claimed by the concert promoter.

"Even though there were many rallies in Jakarta on Tuesday commemorating May Day, there were no reports of violence acts. Jakarta is safe and sound, particularly North Jakarta," he told The Jakarta Post.

The paper also reported that the band asked the promoter Melanie Subono to send them home to the United States. Subono reportedly took to her own Twitter account to comment, saying, "Luckily, we managed to get tickets for them. If we had not, maybe they would have asked to stay at my place because of the panic they were in."

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