The first set started up at 7:12 and continued till about 8:10. Then there was about an fifty-five minute break, and the second set started at around 9:05. At about 9:55, Bobby came on and said something to the effect of, "they are telling us we need to stop for a bit because of the weather, not sure how long the delay will be." Then Phil informed us that the show was being stopped due to the weather, and we all booed, and then Phil reprimanded us and ordered us to our cars, emphasizing "it's a safety issue."
First off, there was lightning in the background several miles away, but, by 9:30, it had stopped, and would not return until well after midnight. There was no safety issue at that time. There may have been a safety issue as we all got soaked on the lawn from 8 to 9. Had they issued us rain checks at that point, we might actually have left believing that they cared about our safety. The problem is at that point, they had only played one set, and they would have had to issue refunds. Now, that's a money issue! Venues (and bands) are not going to let a silly little thing like safety get in the way of making their money.
At 9:55 PM the band had played just enough of a second set to rule out issuing refunds. So, at that point, it became time to worry about everybody's safety. Especially when focusing on safety will saves the venue money. Had the band played until 11:30 or midnight, CMAC staff would have been on the payroll until the wee hours of the morning. Now, that's a money issue!
If you need further proof that CMAC is completely full of cow poo, just review some of their press releases regarding the cancellation of the concert. Essentially, they claim that the show started at 7:00 and that the band played for over three hours until the show was cancelled at 10:15. 10:15??? My Omega watch must have been 20 minutes slow on that night.
Let's not put all the blame on CMAC, however, the band is also accountable for this travesty. Here is a release from the band itself:
"Hey, gang, Sorry we had to cut the show short tonight- there was an issue with the ongoing lightning strikes around the venue. As always, the first concern of the band, the promoters, and the venue is to protect the safety of the public; so when we were asked to stop the show and to ask you all to go to your cars and go home for your own safety, we agreed.Thank you all for your understanding and patience, and may the four winds blow you safely home."
So, the band was a willing participant, totally co-opted by the powers that be. You might not like me for saying it, but that's the truth.