Metallica keeping swine flu-hit Mexico

on tour schedule



Although the
breakout of swine flu that originated in Mexico has led numerous musical acts to
cancel performances there, Metallica is not backing down. According to a post at
the website of Avenged Sevenfold, who will open the shows, Metallica has booked
three concerts in Mexico City on June 4th, 6th and 7th. Although Mexico City is
where the flu first surfaced, Mexican health secretary Jose Angel Cordova said
on Thursday (April 30th) that the number of cases seemed to be stabilizing,
which means the crisis could be passed by the time Metallica arrives next
month.

In another flu-related incident, Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher
wrote on his blog that the band landed at the airport in Caracas, Venezuela only
to see the place filled with people wearing masks. Gallagher added, "I swear at
that point I did a massive sneeze and the entire airport fell silent and started
to stare!!"

Billboard.com reported on Thursday that dozens and dozens of
concerts across Mexico were canceled or postponed, while premieres and press
junkets for new movies like X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Star Trek and Terminator
Salvation were also either scrapped or in jeopardy.

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