Due to the epidemic of swine flu that affected Mexico and in particular Mexico City in the last weeks and that caused at least 20 deaths, the local authorities ordered the closing of schools, public buildings and all the public shows have been suspended, included The Rasmus’ gig that should took place in the capital city the 24th of April.
At the moment the other gigs in Mexico are confirmed; the compensation of the tickets of the cancelled gig can be asked from the 29th of April by the places where they’ve been bought.
Eero also gave a short phone-interview to the finnish tv-channel Nelonen, that you can listen here, while following you can read its translation (thanks to Sharazan):
When were you informed the gig must be cancelled, and what was told as the reason?
We were yesterday afternoon around 4 or 5 pm at Auditorio Nacional in Mexico City when our manager Seppo Vesterinen called us, that there’s a great chance the gig may be cancelled. It felt really strange, the preparations had gone very well and the venue is really great, and it’s one of the gigs we’ve been looking forward to the most this spring. We’re very popular in Mexico, and the possibility of the cancellation felt insane. But later in the afternoon the local authorities decided it’s better to close all the theaters and cinemas and museums as a precaution to prevent the virus from spreading.
Apparently all of your gigs won’t have to be cancelled in Mexico?
Not elsewhere, because the epidemic seems to affect apparently just Mexico City. Today we’ll be performing in Monterrey and tomorrow in Guadalajara. At least part of the audience from the cancelled gig is coming over to the other gigs, which is a nice thing.
Have people been hysterics about the epidemic in the streets of Mexico City?
Actually we haven’t had a chance to go to the streets, but in the newspapers there’s been pictures about people wearing protective masks, which should help against the spreading of the infection. Apparently the masks are in a public distribution, as I saw a picture of a soldier handing them out for people in the cars. The situation seems to be taken seriously. Any of us hasn’t panicked or anything, but as we don’t know how dangerous it is and how easily the infection can spread, we are all worried and wondering what should we do next. Uncertainty is the hardest thing.