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The concert that wasn’t

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If you missed the Deftones Bangkok concert Tuesday night, you weren't alone. Those who bought tickets missed out as well. 

A small group of violent types among the large crowd at the cancelled Deftones concert enjoyed themselves by breaking chairs and windows.


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The concert that wasn’t

The band the Bangkok crowd never got to see.

On January 31, the Bangkok Post’s Life section announced an upcoming concert:

“Hard rock fans in Bangkok can anticipate a high-energy live performance by their favourite modern rock band the Deftones, who promise to dazzle concert goers with songs from their latest album Diamond Eyes.”

Last Tuesday night the band was here as promised and a big crowd was ready to welcome them at the Thunderdome arena just outside Bangkok. Things did not quite go according to plan, however.

The start time came and went without a performance. Ninety minutes later, the crowd learned the concert had been called off.

Needless to say, the concert-goers, many of whom had paid 1000 baht or more, were not pleased. Thousands started shouting abuse and a dozen or so threw tables and chairs, breaking windows and setting fire to tents, witnesses said.

The violence lasted about half an hour. Police arrived 30 minutes after the melee had subsided. No one was injured or detained.

It turned out the band declined to play because of safety and electrical concerns.

‘‘We did everything we could,” said the Manoj Vassavanee of Organisers Engine 9. 

We switched generators, but in the end the band’s management refused to let us go ahead,’’ he said. ‘‘The band was afraid their instruments might be ruined and they would not be able to continue their Asian tour.’’

“Due to local power issues that threatened the safety of the band and their fans, Deftones were forced to cancel,’’ the band said Wednesday in a statement.

Bassist Sergio Vega, writing in response to a fan on Twitter, said: ‘‘The building’s generators were the issue. In trying to fix [the problem], a crew member almost fried up.’’

Organisers Engine 9 apologised and said fans would receive a full refund.
 
Adapted from a story in Thursday’s Bangkok Post by Onsirir Pravattiyagul

anticipate – to guess or expect that something will happen คาดการณ์
favourite – something you like the best of all similar things ที่ชอบมาก,ที่โปรดปราน
dazzle –  to impress somebody a lot with your beauty, skill, etc  ทำให้ประทับใจ
call off – to decide to stop something that is already happening; to decide that something will not happen – บอกเลิก
needless to say – obviously; clearly แน่นอน
abuse – angry offensive comments การด่าว่า, ด่าทอ, สาปแช่ง
witness – a person who sees something happen  ผู้ที่เห็นเหตุการณ์
violence – physical force with the deliberate intention of causing damage to property or injury or death to people ความรุนแรง
melee – a large noisy uncontrolled crowd, in which people are moving in different directions and sometimes fighting with each other การต่อสู้การชุลมุน
subside – to become weaker, less violent, or less severe ลดลง
injured – hurt in an accident or attack ซึ่งได้รับบาดเจ็บ
detain – to keep someone in a police station or prison and not allow them to leave กักตัว ควบคุมตัวหรือฝากขัง
decline – to say politely that you will not accept something or do something ปฏิเสธ
concern – a worry ความกังวล
switch – to change เปลี่ยน
generator – a machine that produces electricity  เครื่องกำเนิดไฟฟ้า
issue – a problem that needs to be considered ประเด็น
threaten – to be likely to harm or destroy something เป็นลางร้าย
crew – a group of people who work together to do a job กลุ่มคนที่ทำงานร่วมกัน
apologise – to say you are sorry for doing something wrong or for cause a problem ขอโทษ
refund – a reimbursement; an amount of money that is given back to you เงินที่คืนให้

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