Volcano Wipes Out San Francisco Rock Show
Bay Lieutenant forced to cancel Bay Area appearance after being grounded in England
Smoke and steam hangs over the volcano under the Eyjafjallajokull glacier in Iceland, Wednesday April 14, 2010, which has erupted for the second time in less than a month, melting ice, shooting smoke and steam into the air and forcing hundreds of people to flee rising floodwaters. Volcanic ash drifting across the Atlantic forced the cancellation of flights in Britain and disrupted air traffic across northern Europe, stranding thousands of passengers. Flights in and out of London Heathrow, Europe's busiest airport, were halted, and the shutdowns and cancellations spread to France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, Ireland, Sweden, Finland and Switzerland. The volcano's smoke and ash poses a threat to aircraft because it can affect visibility, and microscopic debris can get sucked into airplane engines and can cause them to shut down.(AP Photo/Jon Gustafsson) ** ICELAND OUT **
A volcanic eruption in Iceland is now interrupting the Bay Area's social calendar.
Wednesday a volcano under the Eyjafjallajokull (that's seriously how it's spelled) glacier erupted, sending a plume of smoke as high as 36,000 feet and canceling flights across the globe. Officials said the volcano's smoke and ashes pose a threat to aircraft pilot's visibility and it could cause aircraft engines to shut down.
Flights between San Francisco and Europe were canceled Wednesday and grounded in the haze were the boys of Bad Lieutenant.
The England-based rockers had to cancel the launch of a US tour Thursday in San Francisco because they couldn't fly out of their home country.
"They were able to get last-minute bookings for tomorrow on a flight that would have put them into San Francisco late in the day; but just moments ago, American Airlines announced that that flight has also been canceled," GoldenVoice, the show's promoters, said in a statement.
The band's managers said they will do everything they can to keep their other American dates but San Francisco fans will have their money refunded.
Published at 4:29 PM PDT on Apr 15, 2010