David Gilmour, of Pink Floyd fame, cancelled two shows he was due to perform at San Marco. As the press release below (from pr-inside.com)says, cracks were discovered, making the stage unsafe.
GILMOUR CONCERTS CANCELLED OVER SAFETY FEARS
2006-08-06 16:38:09 -
PINK FLOYD star DAVID GILMOUR has been forced to axe two concerts in Italy over fears the historic venue's stage would collapse.
Gilmour was due to perform in Venice's St Mark's Square this weekend (04-05AUG06) but cancelled the shows hours before after a sound check revealed a structural defect.
The rocker has rescheduled the gigs for next weekend (11-12AUG06) and adds, "Our most sincere apologies to all those who were supposed to attend these shows this weekend.
"A structural defect was discovered in the scaffolding just before the sound check this evening, which has rendered the whole stage structure unsafe." It is the second time Gilmour has courted controversy in the city. In 1989 a televised Pink Floyd concert drew twice as many fans as planned and saw damage caused to columns of the Basilica and the Ducal Palace. Two Venice councillors were later ordered to stand trial for the costs incurred by the show.
Press release: www.pr-inside.com