Green Day have cancelled a scheduled appearance in Glasgow because of bad weather, just hours before they had been due on stage.
Organisers said they had been forced to call off the outdoor concert in Bellahouston Park on Tuesday after heavy rain.
The American band’s members said they were “distraught” at having to pull out of the gig, as they have previously played in “extreme weather conditions” during the rest of their European tour.
Green Day said: “Glasgow, we are very sad to report that our show today at Bellahouston Park has been cancelled.
We love our Scottish fans and don’t care if it’s raining fucking sideways, although safety is always our top priority
“The local safety council, production crew, and concert organisers have deemed the stage unsafe for the fans and everyone involved. We are very distraught about this as we are in Glasgow now and were very much looking forward to this show as one of the highlights of our tour.
“We have been playing in extreme weather conditions throughout this European tour, and the last thing we want to do is see a show cancelled.
“We love our Scottish fans and we don’t care if it’s raining fucking sideways, although the safety of our fans and our crew is always our top priority.
“We love you Scotland, we love the city of Glasgow and it goes without saying that WE WILL BE BACK!”
The venue on the city’s south side has a capacity of 35,000 and tickets were almost sold out.
The concert would have been the first time the trio behind the hit single American Idiot – vocalist and guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong, bassist Mike Dirnt and drummer Tré Cool – had played in the city in seven years.
A statement from concert organiser PCL Presents said: “After many months of hard work and preparation, and after seven days of production and site crew working tirelessly around the clock on site, adverse weather conditions overnight and throughout the morning, during the band’s scheduled load-in, led to issues on stage. A meeting between the on-site health and safety, event management, the artists’ representatives and promoters concluded that it would be unsafe in the timescale to proceed with the event.
“Ticket holders for the event can be assured that they will be able to receive refunds from point of purchase. We expect these to have all been processed within 10 working days. We have been informed that a statement has been made by a sub-contracted bar company, that statement was made without speaking to us and without knowledge, we are in the process of investigating this fully. Months of effort, planning and hard work have been put into this event and we are all heartbroken that this event was unable to happen today.”
Fans disgruntled by the last-minute cancellation shared their thoughts on Twitter.
One wrote: “Just on the bus to Glasgow, found out Green Day gig is cancelled because of the weather. I’ve had heavier streams of piss than this rain.”
Another said: “As if i missed out on going to NEW ZEALAND cos it clashed with green day today and now they’ve cancelled the gig.”
One bemoaned the weather, writing: “Green Day’s been cancelled. This is what happens when you have outdoor events in Scotland. Our weather isn’t suited for it.”
Green Day performed at Hyde Park in London on Saturday night as part of the British Summer Time festival.