Canadian rockers Sum 41 cancel Paris show after explosive device detonated outside venue door
Canadian rock band Sum 41 have cancelled one of their Paris performances after an explosive device was detonated outside of the venue’s door.
After playing a show at the indoor arena Zénith on Friday night, the band were set to perform at a sold out show at the Les Étoiles on Saturday night.
The band shared a statement on social media, explaining that while no one was injured, they had been “unable to guarantee the safety of the fans in attendance”.
“During load in for tonight’s performance in Paris, an explosive device was detonated just outside of the venue door”, they wrote on Instagram.
“Band, crew, the fans in line are all safe, and there were no injuries. Due to the intimate nature of our ‘Personal Space’ performances, we are unable to guarantee the safety of the fans in attendance. We are deeply saddened to announce that tonight’s show has been cancelled”.
In 2015 another venue in the French capital-The Bataclan- was the target of a terrorist attack, which likely fuelled the decision to cancel the show as a precaution.
There are no indications this incident was terrorism related, and was likely linked to ongoing protests surrounding French President Emmanuel Macron’s plans to overhaul the pension system as the protest was occurring in a nearby street.
Although not confirmed, fans in attendance said the explosive device was a firecracker.