Cheap Trick Stage Collapses During Concert

    July 18, 2011
    Chris Crum

During a Cheap Trick Concert at the Ottawa Bluesfest yesterday, the stage collapsed while the band was performing as severe weather hit.

“The stage blew down and collapsed. Everyone is shaken up but band and crew are all fine,” the band said in an update on their website.

They also posted the following before/after images:


Cheap Trick COncert picture


Cheap Trick COncert picture

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The AP shared the following clip via YouTube:

Mobile phones have become major contributors to journalism. Likewise, sites like YouTube have become important source of timely video.

Apple is building a system to recognize concert events and shut down iPhones when they are trying to film a performance. There are other reasons why this move is controversial, but this event gives us something else to think about.

Sure, disaster doesn’t strike at concerts on a daily basis, but it does strike from time to time. Remember the Great White fire? The Dimebag Darrell shooting?

Thankfully, it appears this didn’t turn out to be as disastrous as these other events, though people were injured. The number and severity of injuries are unclear. The AP reported that at least one as “seriously” injured.


Chris Crum
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