Deftones and Slayer were among the acts due to perform
Producer Danny Wimmer was forced to cancel the second day of the Houston Open Air festival at NRG Park in Houston on the advice of meteorologists.
“The last thing we want to do is cancel a show, but we will not risk people getting hurt,” Wimmer told Loudwire. “It takes nearly an hour to safely evacuate a site – including consumers, staff, vendors, and artists – so they can get to safety before a major storm hits. So we have to make the evacuation decision more than an hour in advance, even if there is still a chance the storm might not hit.
“I don’t make the decision lightly, but I would make the same decision again. We were seeing signs of storm cells expected to be heavy until 7pm, followed by another storm from the Gulf. We drill for these situations. When the decision was made to evacuate, everyone executed perfectly.
“We’ve been through this kind of experience twice before – at Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville 2015 (when a tornado hit near the site) and Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion 2013 – and are always committed to keeping people safe.”
Deftones, Chevelle, Slayer and many more acts were billed to take the stage when the decision was made to cancel.
Alice In Chains, who managed to go ahead with their set the previous day (September 24), were recently announced as the support act for the opening weekend of Guns N’ Roses’s reunion tour.
The Seattle group joined Guns N’ Roses for the launch of their US tour at Las Vegas’s T-Mobile Arena.
The shows marked the first time since 1993 that the band’s classic line-up – including Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan – have performed together.