We don't know if the fans of the heavy metal band Metallica will forgive them for canceling the proposed Delhi concert but the band have come up with a statement on their Web site, explaining why the proposed gig was canceled altogether.

Here is the statement of the band:

"We arrived in Delhi on Friday very excited and ready to play our first show ever in India at the F1 Rocks concert. However, immediately at the end of our afternoon press conference at a hotel near the venue, we were notified that there was a serious question as to whether the show could proceed with regard to the safety of the concert audience. And our first and foremost concern is always for the safety of you, the fans.

Once we, along with DNA, the promoters of the show, determined that there was a failure of a security barricade in front of the stage that could not be adequately repaired, the promoter reluctantly announced the postponement of the show until Saturday. Unfortunately, on such short notice the promoters were unable to secure a permit for a show on Saturday. Therefore, DNA announced that we would not be able to play in Delhi. Within the next 24 hours a notification will be issued by DNA regarding the process for full refunds.

We are deeply disappointed with this news as we were looking forward to our first experience in India as much as you guys were. Keep watching for updates here as additional details are determined and confirmed."

Meanwhile, the Gurgaon police have arrested the operational head of DNA Entertainment Network, Rajesh Chandwani, and three of his team members on charge of cheating the people and breach of trust.

The organizers of the concert earned the wrath of 25,000 Metallica fans by canceling the proposed gig last evening. The angry fans tried to vandalize the equipments near the stage and burn down the banners.

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