A concert by the U.S. rock band Guns N´ Roses, slated for Friday night at Ricardo Saprissa Stadium in Tibás, was suspended shortly before showtime when promoters decided that a faulty stage setup posed a safety hazard for both the band and fans. As of Sunday evening, there was no word from the concert´s promoters as to whether the show would be rescheduled.
On Friday afternoon, the production company 28 Producciones, the promoter of the event in Costa Rica, held an emergency press conference to announce the postponement of the show. According to Juan Carlos Campos of 28 Producciones, the stage was unfit to support the weight of the massive screen that serves as the backdrop to the band during performances. Campos said that the stage had not been properly assembled due to “heavy rains” in the San José area over the course of the week.
Upon receiving the announcement, fans waiting outside the stadium responded with yells and other minor protests, although no arrests or injuries were reported.
The event was riddled with question marks and shadowed by uncertainty since being announced in early March. Guns N´ Roses´ visit to San José was not originally included in their “Chinese Democracy” world tour, though in early March, 28 Producciones announced that the U.S. based 1980s and ‘90s hard rockers would indeed be visiting Costa Rica, despite a Feb. 28 posting on the band´s Facebook page that said otherwise. On March 18, Guns N´ Roses did confirm plans for a Central American tour that included stops in Panama, El Salvador, Guatemala, Puerto Rico and Costa Rica. The band was scheduled to perform in El Salvador on Sunday night and in Guatemala on Tuesday.
In response to the cancelation of Friday´s show, Guns N´ Roses lead singer Axl Rose posted the following entry on Twitlonger.com, a site associated with the social networking website Twitter.com.
“3 shows 2 go!! No word on if there´ll b a makeup 4 Costa Rica. Though we´d obviously rather have had a fun show, we´re more than thankful the very real n´ serious staging problems were discovered b4 hand n´ no one was hurt.”
According to the 28 Producciones website, the company is attempting to reschedule the concert, maybe as soon as this week. If the concert cannot be rescheduled, the company has assured fans that they will be reimbursed for tickets purchased.