Business group calls for TV screen in public area to prevent locked-out fans from going wild outside Yankee Stadium show
A New York business group fears thrash fans will riot outside the Big 4 concert at the city’s Yankee Stadium next month – and they’ve called for Metallica to take pre-emptive action to avoid violence.
James Hetfield and co will close the show after performances by Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax on September 14.
And Cary Goodman, head of the 161st Street Business Improvement District of the Bronx, says he’s been spurred into action after locked-out fans at sold-out shows in Colombia and Chile ran amok because they couldn’t see their heroes.
He says: “When I read about the disturbances and riots I thought, ‘Why don’t we think proactively and put up a big screen in Macombs Dam Park?’
“Everybody’s going to want to dance. I reached out to Metallica’s management last month – but I haven’t heard back.”
Goodman has also called for extra police officers to be on duty on September 14 and has doubled the number of sanitation crews on duty.
Last week Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante admitted tickets for the Yankee Stadium show were expensive – and that band members were being forced to buy entry for their friends and family.
With even the cheapest tickets priced at $90 he said: “The New York Yankees are promoting it, and of course the Yankees want to make all the money. So what do you do – not do it?”
Meanwhile, a Los Angeles art gallery has announced an exhibition called Obey Your Master, which will display commissioned works inspired by the music of Metallica.
Artists in a wide range of disciplines have chosen one of the band’s tracks and expressed their perception of the piece in their chosen form. The works will be unveiled on January 20 with the band in attendance and will be available for sale until the exhibition closes on March 23.