Megadeth were forced to cancel their August 20th show at the Jockey Club in Asuncion, Paraguay after swarms of fans crashed through the security gates protecting the stage in a stampede that left several injured. According to Interaksyon.com, it had already been a rowdy concert at the Sport Colombia stadium in Asuncion, where vendors were selling alcoholic beverages in glass bottles -- which some fans hurled onto the stage, according to witnesses.
It came to an abrupt end when hundreds of fans broke through the security barricade, crushing several people and leaving them injured, according to police.
Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine announced on Twitter that the band had called off the show with a series of Tweets:
"Dear Paraguay, after all three barricades broke and hundreds of fans crushed three security guards, almost killing one female fan, we regretfully had to cancel the show.
Please understand that your safety is just as important as ours and after all the security went in the pit someone ran onto the stage, a bottle was thrown, and we'll let you know as soon as we can reschedule and come back. Lo siento.
This is out of our hands and we will make sure when we return to use a different venue, security, and promoter. Again, Lo siento mucho."
The global Dystopia tour will pick up tonight for a two-day stop in Argentina. Current tour dates are listed below:
22 - Luna Park - Buenos Aires, Argentina
23 - Luna Park - Buenos Aires, Argentina
26 - Estadio Jorge “El Magico” Gonzales - San Salvador, El Salvador
29 - Pepsi Center - Mexico City, Mexico
1 - Plaza de Toros Santa Maria - Santiago de Queretaro, Mexico
3 - Mexico Metal Fest - Monterrey, Mexico
20 - Casper Events - Center Casper, WY
22 - The Joint - Las Vegas, NV
24 - “Ozzfest” San Manuel Amphitheater - Devore, CA
27 - WaMu Theater - Seattle, WA
28 - Matthew Knight Arena - Eugene, OR
29 - City National Civic - San Jose, CA
1 - 1st Bank Center - Broomfield, CO
3 - Mid America Recreation & Conv. Complex - Council Bluffs, IA
4 - Roy Wilkins Auditorium - St. Paul, MN
5 - Sears Centre - Chicago, IL
7 - iWireless Center - Moline, IL
8 - UWM Panther Arena - Milwaukee, WI
9 - Joe Louis Arena - Detroit, MI
11 - Sands Event Center - Bethlehem, PA
12 - DCU Center - Worcester, MA
13 - Mohegan Sun Arena - Uncasville, CT
14 - Prudential Center - Newark, NJ
16 - BB&T Pavilion - Camden, NJ