Kaiser Chiefs cancel gig in Mexico crime central

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Leeds indie rockers Kaiser Chiefs have cancelled a gig in the badlands of Mexico amid fears for their safety.

The Kaisers were due to play the concert in a baseball stadium near the city of Monterrey on March 18.

Foreign Office guidance warns that visitors to the area could be at risk because of a “significant rise” in hijackings, abductions, robberies and illegal roadblocks.

Writing on Twitter, Kaisers bassist Simon Rix said: “Sorry people with tickets for [Monterrey], we were advised it was a bad idea right now.”

He then added: “Think it’s [because] of the guns, drugs, violence.”

Monterrey’s problems were highlighted in horrific fashion last August when more than 50 people died following an arson attack on a casino by an armed gang.

Earlier in the year, 32 killings linked to organised crime were recorded in a single day in five districts of the city – including the San Pedro area that is home to the stadium that had been earmarked for the Kaisers gig.

Two other concerts by the band in Mexico, one in Mexico City and the other in Guadalajara, are thought to be going ahead as planned.

The shows are part of a globe-trotting series of dates that will also take the Kaisers to the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand over the next two-and-a-half months.

Previous trips across the Atlantic haven’t always gone according to plan for the band, who have six million album sales and three Brit awards to their name.

Keyboard player Nick ‘Peanut’ Baines had to miss a gig in Los Angeles in 2008 after being struck down with appendicitis in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Singer Ricky Wilson, meanwhile, broke a rib while performing in New York in 2009, suffered ankle ligament damage at a music festival in Texas in 2007 and ripped tendons in his foot during a show in Seattle in 2005.

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