Slipknot & Evanescence’s Knotfest Mexico sets canceled due to safety concerns

ABC/Randy HolmesSlipknot and Evanescence's sets at Knotfest Mexico over the weekend were canceled due to safety concerns involving a damaged barricade.

"Because of a broken barricade and failed attempts to fix it, Slipknot were forced to cancel our performance last night," read a statement from the masked metallers.

"Safety -- especially the safety of our fans and fellow bands -- is priority number one," the statement continued. "We apologize profusely and hope you all understand. If anything were to happen to any of you, we couldn't forgive ourselves. Also if we could have fixed the barricade correctly, we would have gone onstage."

Evanescence also shared a statement, saying that they were "heartbroken" over not getting to play.

Following the news of the cancellation, footage of fans reacting angrily surfaced on social media, including a video of the Evanescence drum kit on fire.

Slipknot addressed those events in a subsequent statement, which reiterated the issue with a security barricade.

"We had hoped to be able to perform today, but regrettably, a situation arose onstage after the cancellation that damaged or destroyed gear that would have been necessary to play," it read.

Evanescence drummer Will Hunt also shared his reaction, writing that everyone in the band is "OK" and blaming the destruction on "a small group of morons."

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