According to an announcement on Stage on Bay’s Facebook page, the Anthrax, Testament show has been canceled due to a lightning strike.
“During soundcheck for today's Anthrax and Testament concert this evening there was a lightning strike in the vicinity of The Stage On Bay which caused a temporary interruption of electric service followed by a voltage surge that did damage to the circuits in the building, specifically those hosting the band's backline (amplifiers, instruments, microphones) and stage power,” The statement read.
“While the circuits can and will be promptly repaired, they will unfortunately not be repaired in time to produce tonight's concert.
“We sincerely apologize for this inconvenience. We’ve taken a few hits here lately not of our own making, but pledge to continue our efforts to bring headline music to Savannah.”
Stage on Bay is working to reschedule the date and will exchange tickets for the show for any other performance at the venue. Ticket holders can also request a full refund from TicketFly. Read the full statement here.
The venue’s Friday night show with The Marshall Tucker Band, according to the statement, is still a go. The Marshall Tucker Band was slated to play the first show at the venue on Feb. 3, 2017, but the show was canceled after residents in the area complained to the City of Savannah about the potential noise, parking and traffic, causing a rift between Stage on Bay owner Charles Schmitt and the Savannah City Council. They eventually voted to allow the venue a liquor license.
Since that rough opening, Stage on Bay has suffered a string of cancelations, ticketing issues and date changes. At the beginning of June, TicketFly’s website was hacked, causing a global outage. Stage on Bay’s site was down for a number days due to the hack.
At the end of May, the Pop Evil show originally set for June 28, was pushed to September, due to a weather-related issue in Nashville, according to a Facebook statement from the venue.
On May 21, Soul Asylum’s show was pushed to Aug. 21 and added to the bill with Fuel. In February, The Blues Traveler show as canceled due to “irreconcilable last minute technical problems with the venue’s sound system,” a Facebook statement read.