Dangerous levels of static electricity in Canadian venue blamed
Julian Marszalek
13:25 14th May 2018

Canadian Britpop fans were left disappointed after a double-header by former Oasis singer Liam Gallagher and erstwhile Verve frontman was cancelled at the last minute due to dangerous levels of “static”.

The pair were due to perform at Toronto’s Sony Center on Sunday night (13 May) but the plug was pulled just over an hour before the start of the show because of the unexpected electrical fault in the venue.

Taking to Twitter, promoters Live Nation said: “Regrettably, due to electrical issues within the venue, tonight's show with Liam Gallagher and Richard Ashcroft @SonyCentreTO, will be cancelled. Tour and venue staff have been working to resolve these issues tirelessly to no avail. Refunds will be issued at point of purchase.”

Liam Gallagher reckoned it was all for the best. He tweeted: “Gutted about tonight's gig brothers n sisters. Safety comes first for all of us LG x”

Richard Ashcroft was equally upset.

“Devastated I can’t play tonight to all the fans that are here in Toronto,” he tweeted. “Sony Centre have technical problems & wont allow us to play!”

Taking to Instagram, he later quipped that the fault could have been caused by someone wearing a polyester shell suit.

“Hey, this is a quick message to everyone who bought tickets tonight Sony Center, Toronto, to see me and Liam. Unfortunately the concert has been cancelled due to static,” he said. “"I've never had a concert cancelled for that... I am sure the venue will get more technical with you.

"Someone has obviously been running around with a polyester shell suit and some socks.”

It is unknown if Liam Gallagher was due to play ‘She’s Electric’ or ‘The Shock Of The Lightning’.

Liam Gallagher and Richard Ashcroft return to the UK to support The Rolling Stones at the London Stadium, and Manchester’s Old Trafford and Edinburgh’s Murrayfield stadiums respectively.

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