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Hello Buenos Aires just landed. We hope everyone is okay in Sao Luis. Our thoughts are with you.

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Brazil's 'Biggest Heavy Metal Festival Ever' Turns Into Fiasco - Apr. 21, 2012 
 
At least 30 bands have officially canceled their appearances at this weekend's (April 20-22) Metal Open Air — billed as "the biggest heavy metal festival ever organized in Brazil" — due to organizational and technical problems. The event, which was being headlined by MEGADETH, ANTHRAX and VENOM, was being held at Parque Independência in São Luís, Maranhão (Brazil's northeast).

According to various Brazilian media reports, the Metal Open Air camping area was set up at nearby horse stables (photos), with no bathrooms, light or water supply available — despite the fact that the event's official web site promised "indoor and outdoor camping with toilets and showers."

Third-day headliners VENOM announced their cancelation on Thursday, claiming that their South American visas were mistakenly sent to Africa. SAXON also announced they weren't making the trip "due to a serious breach of contract by the promoters." The band explained, "Having waited since March the 15th for the fee to arrive, as of Friday [April 20 at] 2 p.m., no money has arrived."

First-day headliner MEGADETH managed to perform last night, albeit several hours behind schedule due to a delay in getting the stage ready as well as unspecified "security" issues. A number of other acts refused to play, and after ANTHRAX pulled out of the event due to a lack of sound equipment, the festival's entire sound crew reportedly quit because they had not received their payment in time.

Commented BLIND GUARDIAN's Hansi Kürsch: "In 25 years of our career, we have managed to fix all problems to make sure our performance is going to take place. No matter what the circumstances were, we intended to play. We have been extremely successful in the avoidance of canceled shows, so far. This, unfortunately, comes to a very sad end here in São Luís. Due to massive technical and administrative problems, we were forced to cancel tonight's show. As far as we understand, it seems to be the local management who has not been able to secure a proper festival environment, anymore. Things are pretty out of hand there. We feel very sorry about this totally unsatisfying situation, but the mistakes made by the local promoter makes an even improvised show impossible. I know that we have the most dedicated fans and I count on your understanding. In the future, we will be more careful in confirming such festivals."

GRAVE DIGGER's Chris Boltendahl: "The Metal Open Air festival is canceled. Problems between the promoter, the P.A. and light company and many others forced us to cancel our participation at the MOA festival. It's a sad day. We travelled so far to be part of this festival and we are so sorry for all the fans which attend to this festival. It is out of our hands."

Rock 'N' Roll Allstars, an 11-piece supergroup comprised of Gene Simmons of KISS, three former members of GUNS N' ROSES, Sebastian Bach and many other big names in rock history, released the following statement regarding their non-participation in Metal Open Air: "Rock 'N' Roll Allstars are saddened to annouce the cancellation of our performance at Metal Open Air festival in São Luís, Brazil. We regret not being able to attend. We are in South America and are ready to rock, but the circumstances are beyond our control: We were informed before flying to Brazil today that many other artists have pulled out of the event, as well as local security. We are very concerned for the safety of the fans and artists whom are already at the festival. We are receiving confirmed reports from other bands and friends on the ground that the event is dangerous and a disaster. Please be safe, and we look forward to rocking for you in the future."
 

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Rock ‘N’ Roll Allstars Cancel All But One Tour Date

Rock ‘N’ Roll Allstars, the new rock collective featuring an 11-man cast from bands like Kiss and Guns N’ Roses to  Def Leppard and Deep Purple, have officially cancelled all but one of their upcoming tour dates.
 
The tour, originally set to trek through both South and Central America has been cut quite short. The band played in Paraguay and Argentina before having to cancel the remaining dates. While no concrete reason was given, the announcement points towards issues with the promoters. The news follows a cancellation in Sao Luis, Brazil at the Metal Open Air Festival on April 21 due to security issues.
 
The Rock ‘N’ Roll Allstars issued the following statement regarding the latest cancellations:
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“Rock ‘N’ Roll Allstars regret to inform our fans that the shows we had scheduled in Ecuador, Colombia, Costa Rica, Panama, Guatemala and Venezuela have been cancelled. An incredible effort was made to work with local promoters to bring our show to the fans but they made it impossible for us to do so. We are saddened that we will not be coming to Central America and will do everything possible to ensure that our fans receive refunds for all tickets purchased. We are in South America and just had amazing shows in Paraguay and Argentina where thousands of fans came to hear the hits of Guns N’ Roses, Kiss, Def Leppard and more. The show in Lima, Peru is still on sale and the band is still playing this show. Thank you for your support and we hope to see each and every one of you soon.”
 
The traveling rock show, dreamed up by former Guns N’ Roses drummer Matt Sorum, planned to perform a stacked set list featuring hits from all the bands in the group, leading to an endless amount of possibilities and collaborations.
 
While the future of the mega-group is up in the air, many fans are hoping they’ll bring the show to the States for a run sometime in the near future.

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Why in the hell would you even sell tickets to an event that isn't finalized? That just seems like a horrible business practice to me. What a crock of shit that is.

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ROCK-N-ROLL ALLSTARS:
 
STATEMENT FROM THE ARTISTS REGARDING ECUADOR, GUATEMALA, COSTA RICA, COLOMBIA, PANAMA, AND VENEZUELA GIGS

All of the artists involved in the Rock-N-Roll Allstars have built careers by going to far-off places to play. We have all toured the world countless times and have been absolutely HONORED by fans showing up whenever and wherever we have separately gone.
 
This honor is a reciprocal thing and cancelling gigs will always be a measure of very last resort for us artists.
 
To do a tour like we have just done down here took some risk. No promoter or agent had really ever done a show of this particular caliber; so it was in this realm that some yet unproven “agents” entered the playing field.
 
A big tour was proposed to us about 10 or so weeks ago, but as the leave-time for us approached, it was clear that some of these gigs were just not going to happen for varying reasons: Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Panama, and Guatemala.
 
We trusted the organizer of this tour, but became aware of some gross underlying problems as this tour progressed. These problems - as it turned out- had nothing to do with the local promoters of these aforementioned countries, and EVERYTHING to do with this tour organizer.

We will regroup and reschedule these shows for a later date. Think of them as only postponed - and we are more than a bit bummed out for our fans that we love so damn much.

 Rock-N-Roll Allstars shall come back to these countries. That is a promise. We will use the right people and honor you true fans, who just simply want to rock. That is all we want to do. We shall return!
 
With our most sincere respect to you all,
 
Rock-N-Roll Allstars