The historic Élysée Montmartre concert hall in Paris, France was gutted by an early-morning fire on March 22 (see video below). The central stage was untouched, but the second floor partially collapsed, according to The New York Times. Police said they suspected that the fire was caused by faulty wiring. As a result, the previously announced concert featuring KAMELOT, EVERGREY, AMARANTHE and SONS OF SEASONS, which was scheduled for April 22, has been moved to April 25 and will now take place at the Alhambra.
Commented EVERGREY: "We tried to avoid moving the date but unfortunately no other suitable venues were available on the original night.
"While the circumstances are obviously beyond our control, we are very sorry for any inconvenience to those of you who had made special arrangements for this date, and hope you will be able to make the new show on the 25th. Tickets that were sold for the Élysée Montmartre will be honored! Tickets are going fast for this concert."
According to The New York Times, Élysée Montmartre opened in 1807. Toulouse-Lautrec is reported to have painted several works there, and it is said to have been the birthplace of the cancan. "It is a part of Paris's identity that has been struck," Mayor Bertrand Delanoë said of the fire. He pledged that the venue would be rebuilt.
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