An explosive night reportedly went down in Buenos Aires, Argentina after the black metal band Abbath cut their set short after performing only two songs before walking off-stage. The band’s frontman (who formerly played with Immortal), who also goes under the name Abbath, appeared to be drunk on stage and attempted to start “Count the Dead” three times before throwing down his guitar and jumping into the crowd. After crowd surfing Abbath returned to the stage and began playing “Tyrants,” before ultimately giving up and returning to his dressing room.
Abbath’s guitarist Ole Andre Farstad was absent from this performance, with some fans commenting on social media that Farstad got into an argument the frontman before the concert and quit the band, however these claims have not been verified. The band’s cancellation was just one of many issues the show faced, as local reports claimed that the show was inexplicably delayed by two hours, forcing the opening bands to play sets lasting just several minutes each.
After the show a confrontation between Buenos Aires police and concertgoers unfolded, with groups of attendees being pinned to the ground and handcuffed. These incidents were filmed in the Palermo neighborhood of the city, which hosts the club where Abbath performed, and uploaded on social media platforms.
Abbath was scheduled to perform tonight at the Comodoro Rivadavia’s Patagonia Metal-Fest, but the festival’s promoter announced Abbath’s cancelation. In a statement posted on social media, the band cancelled their remaining South American tour dates.
“It is with heavy heart that we have to announce the cancellation of the remainder of the Abbath South American Outstrider tour. Due to health issues that need to be treated, we are unable to complete the last shows in Argentina and Brazil,” the band stated on social media. “We deeply apologize to all of our fans that wanted to come and see us, to the local promoters, and to Matrix Entertainment who has worked tirelessly in order to make this tour happen. We hope we can make it up to all you some day. We are very sorry.”
Abbath released Outstrider earlier this year.