Published May 15, 2008Radiohead and concert promoter Live Nation are in the doghouse after a rain-drenched performance in Bristow, VA, late last week. On May 11, monsoon-like conditions flooded the area surrounding Nissan Pavilion, the venue of the Radiohead show, causing an estimated four inches of rain, road closures and insane road conditions. All this caused hundreds of fans to be extremely late for the show or forced them to miss it altogether.
As a result, legions of angry Radiohead fans have gone online to vent their frustration, lashing out at both the band and the promoters and dropping lines like "Radiohead @ Nissan: You Both Suck."
In efforts to calm the furor, Radiohead have offered the following statement on their website: "Due to Sunday night's torrential rain storm and consequential multiple road closures, many fans were unable to reach the Nissan Pavilion. While acknowledging a lack of control over the ensuing flooding and detours, the members of Radiohead are nevertheless disappointed regarding this turn of events. For further inquiries, ticket holders who didn't get in are urged to contact: [email protected]"
On Live Nations end, the promoter has offered disgruntled fans either tickets to an August 12 show at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, N.J., or tickets to another show of their choice at Nissan Pavilion.
Yet this has done little to pacify most fans. An online petition calling for another Radiohead show in the area has already collected more than 350 signatures, Billboard reports. On the petition, you can find outraged comments such as "I would ABSOLUTELY want to attend another D.C./Baltimore show as long as its not at Nissan!! The offer that Nissan provided me of free lawn tickets to the Camden, N.J., show is insulting! For one, I had pavilion seats. Two its Camden, N.J.!!"
Also, making matters worse, many of the fans are calling bullshit on Radioheads supposed efforts to make their tour as environmentally friendly as possible. One fan posts: "One-third of the concert-goers that night were driving around in circles, burning fossil fuels all the while. This is your save the Earth tour ... and yet you play in the middle of nowhere with no public transportation leading there. You owe us!"
Another pissed concertgoer adds: "If you gave even one tiny llama turd about environmental impact, you would never have scheduled a show at a venue 40 miles away from downtown D.C., nowhere near public transportation of any kind."
As of yet, neither Radiohead nor Live Nation have announced whether another show near Bristow will take place.
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