The British rock band Deep Purple cancelled the March 15 concert in Nepal as their promoter breached the contract and did not pay the fee, leaving them “truly miserable,” a British music magazine has reported.

The band members and their team were set to arrive in Kathmandu on March 13 after performing in Singapore, but they diverted themselves to their home country, England.

In its report “Deep Purple Explain Nepal No-Show” published on Friday, the Metal Hammer has referred to the Deep Purple’s statement in which the band explained the reason behind cancelling their appearance in Kathmandu.

“The agreed fee was not paid as per the contract they had with the promoter of the show, Richard Coram, of Talent Brokers in Dubai,” the statement said.

“Despite several assurances, Talent Brokers failed to deposit the fee into its registered escrow account, even though the band’s management allowed extra time for payment to be made.

Earlier on March 13, Simanta Gurung of the ODC Entertainment, a local partner to organise the Deep Purple show in Kathmandu, had claimed that the concert was put off for a month due to the prevailing bandhs and protests in Nepal.

According to the latest report, Deep Purple, however, expressed unhappiness over the cancellation of Nepal trip and rubbished the claim.

“Deep Purple are deeply concerned that fans may feel that the band have let them down, and that those who bought tickets may not have been refunded. The band wish to make it abundantly clear they were ready, willing and able to come to Nepal. Nevertheless, in view of Talent Brokers’ failure to comply with its payment obligations under the contract, the band had had no alternative but to withdraw from the performance.”

“I hate it when this sort of thing happens – the first time ever in Nepal and it gets cancelled,” the reports quotes front man Ian Gillan as saying.

“I want to assure everyone that our management and agency bent over backwards to make this work. But every promise from the promoter was broken. Things dragged on to the last minute and then went past the deadline for our equipment to be delivered.”

“Deep Purple will go through hurricanes, earthquakes, riots, and all kinds of hazards just to get there and do the show – but you do need competent connections to be able to achieve this.”

“We are truly miserable that we couldn’t get there and would love to come over at the first opportunity.” – Thehimalayan

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