​Sum 41 Cancel Paris Show Due to "Explosive Device" Threat

The venue claims it was a firecracker set off by protestors

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BY Sarah MurphyPublished Jan 20, 2020

Sum 41 cancelled one of two shows in Paris this weekend, after claiming that an "explosive device" was detonated outside the venue.
The Canadian band performed at Zenith on Friday (January 17), but cancelled their scheduled show at Les Etoiles on Saturday (January 18). During load-in for the second gig, an explosion outside caused the band to call off the performance.
The venue maintains that it was merely a firecracker in conjunction with ongoing protests in the streets of Paris.
"Band, crew, the fans in line are all safe, and there were no injuries," Sum 41 said on January 18 in a statement that has since been deleted from social media. "Due to the intimate nature of our 'Personal Space' performances, we are unable to guarantee the safety of the fans in attendance. We are deeply saddened to announce that tonight's show has been canceled."

A statement from the band that remains on Sum 41's social media simply says that "further details will be posted ASAP."

It's a decision that was likely made bearing the events of November 2015 in mind.

During an Eagles of Death Metal show at the Bataclan, gunmen opened fire, and explosives were set off in other areas of Paris. The death toll totalled 131 people.

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