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Five people hurt when stage at Cheap Trick concert collapses




Five people were hospitalized after a Cheap Trick show at a Canadian music festival on Sunday night, but not because of the power of the rocking. No, gale-force winds during a storm blew the stage over on the crowd 20 minutes into the concert. That's not really something we'd joke about.

"Honestly, what we've been told, it was a very unusual situation," Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest executive director Mark Monahann told the AP. "The fact that (the storm) brought that stage down and nothing else came down in the park is just a freak situation."

Members of the band were thrown off their feet, but evacuated the stage quickly. Thousands of fans had been at risk at the multi-stage, 12-day showcase. "Everyone is shaken up but band and crew are all fine...Everyone is okay and we are so lucky to be alive and hope that all the fans are okay too," the band posted on Facebook.

[Photo: Rick Nielsen, the lead guitarist for the rock band Cheap Trick, walks past the main stage at Ottawa Bluesfest after it collapsed in Ottawa. AP]


[Last modified: Monday, July 18, 2011 6:39pm]


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