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Stage Collapses at Cheap Trick Concert in Canada [VIDEO]

Stage Collapses at Ottawa Bluesfest (YouTube)

Did you catch Cheap Trick at the Greeley Stampede with Blue Oyster Cult on July 2? At least that show wasn’t shortened by the wind.

At the Ottawa Bluesfest in Canada, the stage collapsed during Cheap Trick’s show Sunday night, July 17, due to a sudden storm. The Toronto Sun reported Monday morning that two people were taken to the hospital, one with a “traumatic injury to the abdomen, pelvis and upper leg.”

Cheap Trick’s official website says that nobody in the band was injured during the collapse, but a truck driver on the crew, only identified as “Sandy,” spent the night at the hospital. Dave Frey, the band’s manager, tells Rolling Stone that the Rockford, Illinois band’s equipment is a total loss, “everything is gone.” He adds, “The gear is crushed and it’s soaked.”                                                             

Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick (Jo Hale/Getty)

Frey says the storm didn’t look too bad right up until the moment the wind gust hit that knocked over the stage. “I was actually on stage behind the drummer and I was taking a few pictures right before it happened. The air was still and it was humid and then, out of nowhere, this wind hit that was just huge.”

Canada’s Globe and Mail reports that Cheap Trick was performing “I Want You to Want Me” as the storm approached and a sudden strong gust of wind was responsible for the damage. Reporter Ryan MacDonald says, “people started screaming and crying. The stage was a rectangle and it had scaffolding, three, four stories high. The wind caught it and blew it backwards. It collapssed like a big tent. It was kind of unreal.”

Organizers shut down all stages and performances for the rest of Sunday night and Ontario’s Ministry of Labor is investigating the accident.

“Everyone’s very lucky things didn’t turn out much worse,” according to Frey, “we are so thankful.” And showing some of Cheap Trick’s trademark sense of humor, he adds “do you know where we can rent a five-neck guitar?”

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