Concert Injury Forces DROWNING POOL, FEAR FACTORY Cancellation

Dennis Rich of The Sedalia Democrat reports that The Delicious Rox Festival 2006, which brought 19 heavy metal bands to the Dodge Arena at the Missouri State Fairgrounds Saturday (Sept. 30) was cut short after a female in the crowd was injured.

Warrensburg-based Andaro Entertainment and Media, Budwiser Beers and Revolver magazine sponsored the show, which included several regional acts, as well as headliners DROWNING POOL and FEAR FACTORY, who did not play because of decision to end the festival.

Sedalia Police Chief John DeGonia said by telephone Saturday night that the concert's promoter, Deacon Gower, had approached law enforcement officers shortly after 10 p.m. requesting their assistance to help shut down the show. Chief DeGonia said Mr. Gower advised him that his insurance provider had stipulated that any injury would mandate the show's cancellation.

"Apparently a member of one of the bands that had played earlier in the day threw a beer bottle into the crowd, injuring a female," Chief DeGonia said.

The victim's identity and condition were unavailable. Representatives for Andaro were not available for comment.

Shortly after the band FOZZY took the stage, Mr. Gower interrupted the show and addressed the crowd, telling attendees that the show would have to be canceled and that the remaining headline acts, DROWNING POOL and FEAR FACTORY, would not play. He advised ticket holders to go to the company's Web site, www.andaromanagement.com, to secure refunds.

Concern over the crowd size had prompted local law enforcement to post 12 additional Sedalia Police officers, 10 Missouri Highway patrolmen, and two Pettis County Sheriff's deputies.

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