The ice storm that has gripped the northeastern United States and parts of Canada may have halted a number of concerts slated for the area, but it hasn't stopped the charitable nature of those artists.
Despite the storm, Megadeth went on with their scheduled show in Montreal Wednesday night, one of the few not wiped out by the recent wave of bad weather.
"It takes more than ice and snow to stop Megadeth from playing for our fans," the band's frontman Dave Mustaine said of the band's decision to play.
At Montreal's Metropolis, the band collected canned goods and supplies for those still trying to return to normalcy after the area was blanketed by ice and millions in the U.S. and Canada were left without power. The band also announced that all proceeds from the show, which despite the weather was still sold out, will be donated to emergency relief efforts.
"We needed to do something positive in lieu of the disaster up there," Mustaine said.
The band goes on to play Quebec
City on Thursday before returning to the States to play Boston on Friday, Philadelphia on Saturday and Sunday, and Hartford, Connecticut on Tuesday, January 20. While Megadeth turned its Montreal show into an impromptu benefit, Oasis never got the chance. The Brit-rockers were slated to play Montreal on Thursday night as well, but became the latest artists to see their concert canceled by the weather.
The Molson Centre, where the band was scheduled to perform with Cornershop, put a stop to the show and decided to close its doors until at least Saturday, January 17 bowing to the local government's request to conserve electricity.
The band was in New York City ready to board a flight to Montreal when the word came through that the show was canceled. The group decided to stay in New York until Thursday, when they are set to play in Toronto.
A spokesperson for Montreal's Molson Centre said that refunds will be available to ticketholders at the point of purchase as of January 20,
while the band's management is still looking at the possibility of rescheduling the date.
Meanwhile, Oasis have also put a charitable spin on the events. A spokesperson for the band's record label in Canada said that the group will make a donation to a relief fund established by the Canadian Red Cross.
If you'd like to catch Oasis with Cornershop, here's where Pollstar says you should look:
- 1/15 - Toronto, ONT @ Maple Leaf Gardens
- 1/17 - Rosemont, IL @ Rosemont Horizon
- 1/18 - Minneapolis, MN @ Northrop Auditorium
- 1/23 - Vancouver, BC @ General Motors Place
- 1/24 - Seattle, WA @ Mercer Arena
- 1/26 - San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Aud.
- 1/27 - Universal City, CA @ Universal Amphitheatre
- 1/28 - Universal City, CA @ Universal Amphitheatre
- 1/31 - Dallas, TX @ Bronco Bowl
- 2/1 - Houston, TX @ Bayou Place Theatre
- 2/5 - West Palm Beach, FL @ W. Palm Beach Aud.
- 2/6 - Orlando, FL @ UCF Arena
- 2/8 - Atlanta, GA @ Fox Theatre