Oh the irony.

Metallica's first show ever in India, scheduled to take place Friday night (October 28th) in Delhi, was canceled due to security and safety concerns.

Early in the evening, a mad rush of fans crushed the steel barriers, got to the stage and damaged some equipment.

Makes perfect sense: pay for a ticket and then damage the stage and the equipment so the band you're a fan of and paid to see is unable to perform.

Although the concert was at first postponed to the following evening, it was later scrapped outright after the promoter was unable to secure a permit for a Saturday (October 29th) event.

Metallica issued a statement saying, "We arrived in Delhi on Friday very excited and ready to play our first show ever in India at the F1 Rocks concert. However, immediately at the end of our afternoon press conference at a hotel near the venue, we were notified that there was a serious question as to whether the show could proceed with regard to the safety of the concert audience. And our first and foremost concern is always for the safety of you, the fans."

The band added, "We are deeply disappointed with this news as we were looking forward to our first experience in India as much as you guys were."

The statement went on to say that fans should keep checking the band's website to see when the show will be rescheduled.

Some 25,000 fans bought tickets to the show and crowds began lining up at the venue at approximately 3:00 p.m. local time. Several announcements were reportedly made throughout the afternoon requesting people to move back because the barrier in front of the stage was giving way. The crowd got increasingly more restive with every such announcement, objecting and booing.

Watch raw video below (note language).