Five injured after band cut set short in extreme weather conditions – roof comes down just as they’re being evacuated
Cheap Trick last night narrowly escaped injury when they abandoned a stage just moments before it collapsed in a heavy storm.
Five people were hurt in the drama, at least one of them seriously, following a freak gust of wind which tore a festival roof canopy apart.
The power-pop rock icons were performing a set at the open-air Bluesfest event in Ottawa, Canada, when the weather turned bad.
The four-piece abandoned the show and were being evacuated from the area when the stage roof and lighting rig crashed down on the place they’d been playing.
It’s thought a gust as strong as 90mph forced the construction to collapse.
Five people were treated at the scene for injuries, with three being sent to hospital. One of them, a 46-year-old man, is in a serious condition after his abdomen was pierced and his pelvis broken by a piece of the falling stage.
Cheap Trick are said to have been thrown to the ground during the collapse, but were unharmed. Frontman Robin Zander reports: “Everyone is okay. We’re lucky to be alive and we hope all the fans are okay too.”
Ottawa Fire Services public information officer Marc Messier says: “We responded to over 180 storm-related calls, including eight water-related emergencies. We had a great response from all emergency services and volunteers at Bluesfest.”