The punk-rockers of Sum 41 had to cancel a gig in Paris over the weekend after an “explosive device” went off just outside the venue’s door.
In a statement, the band noted that the incident happened just as they were loading in for the performance.
“Band, crew, the fans in line are all safe, and there were no injuries,” the band noted in a post on Instagram. “Due to the intimate nature of our ‘Personal Space’ performances, we are unable to guarantee the safety of fans in attendance. We are deeply saddened to announce that tonight’s show has been cancelled.”
URGENT / Le concert de Sum 41 prévu ce soir aux étoiles est annulé, les places sont remboursables auprès de votre point d’achat.
Plus de détails à venir.
— Live Nation France (@LivenationFR) January 18, 2020
Some people have argued that the device was just a firecracker, or could have been the product of people within France protesting in the streets from French President Emmanuel Macron’s plans to overhaul the pension system. Nonetheless, the band and venue would not take a chance after the massive terrorist attack in 2015 at the Eagles of Death Metal concert that killed 89 people at the Bataclan theatre. Sum 41 said that all tickets will be refundable with ticket sellers and promised they will return to the city soon when they can figure out a new show date.
The group will stop next on their Order In Decline World Tour tonight in London, followed by a gig tomorrow in Amsterdam.