MEGADETH Mainman Explains Why Israel Concert Was Cut Short

MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine has posted the following message in the "Forums" section of the band's official web site:

"What happened [at the concert in Israel on June 22] from my point of view, and I was center stage, was we started playing 'Blackmail the Universe' and after that song was about half way through, the barricade broke and kids fell on top of each other. Security tried to get them stood back up, the barricade got stood back up, they brought in logs and more barricades to reinforce it. And the police said it wasn't good enough.

"After the fourth song, I got a note to 'please stop,' and Shawn [Drover, drums] had already counted into the fifth song. So we played five songs and at the end of the fifth song, it was implied that 'we have to fix the barricade for your safety.'

"They determined, the police who had approved the barricade before the show, after the barricade got broken, that they were cancelling the show, 'please leave now.'

"None of the blame needs to be assigned to anyone, other than just the fans being great fans and being excited as hell, and the barricade not being able to handle the pressure.

"You are wonderful fans and I hope to see you all again."

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