Last night's (Friday, April 5) VISION DIVINE concert in Guatemala was reportedly canceled after violence broke out between the police and unruly fans, resulting in the shooting of a local heavy metal musician. Details are sketchy at the moment, but it appears that police were called after several drunken fans started trouble outside the venue. Two shots were reportedly fired, with one of them hitting Cristian Arevalo, a guitarist for the Guatemalan band NOVA EPICA, who was apparently not involved in the dispute.
A statement on the NOVA EPICA Facebook page reads as follows: "It is unfortunate that musicians can fall victims to violence in this country. Yesterday at the concert of VISION DIVINE, unknown people were firing outside the event, and, unfortunately, those bullets were able to penetrate the gate and injure our brother and guitarist, Cristian, who is in a very delicate state. We are praying that he will be able to it get through this. Cristian is an excellent person, and we are all comforted by the knowledge that he is a fighter and that he will succeed. We also hope that the authorities of this country will not let the responislbe parties go unpunished."
VISION DIVINE said in a statement: "We just arrived in Mexico, after having left Guatemala.
"As some of you have probably already heard, we stopped the show in Guatemala 'cause a fan got shot during the concert (still we're not 100% sure about the facts).
"We have no words to comment what just happened... All we can say is that we're close to the family of the guy and that we feel sorry for all the people of Guatemala and the producers of Hominis Nocturna. There's nothing else we feel like commenting, for the moment.
"Thank you for understanding."
VISION DIVINE is touring in support of its seventh studio album, "Destination Set To Nowhere", which was released on September 14, 2012 via Germany's earMUSIC, the Hamburg, Germany-based rock branch of Edel Group.