Monday, July 18, 2011

Cheap Trick Plays then the Stage Collapses at the Ottawa Bluesfest

     I’ve been to many outdoor music festivals over the years where the weather has turned and you wonder if you will be that one in a million that gets struck by lightning...well maybe it wasn’t the lightning but Sunday night during the final day of the 17th annual Cisco Ottawa BluesFest the weather turned and something bad did happen, the stage collapsed. 

      Cheap Trick took to the MBNA stage at approx 7: PM, reports say that it was just 20 minutes into their set when they left the stage, then according to CBC reporter Stuart Mills "A giant gust of wind picked up a tarp and garbage from across the field and flung it toward the audience and lifted the whole stage — where Cheap Trick had been playing — and almost like a convertible in a car, just folded it backwards in the same direction,"

     Later that night Cheap Trick posted this statement to their Facebook page “Severe weather hit the stage as Cheap Trick was performing at the Ottawa Bluesfest tonight. The stage blew down and collapsed. Everyone is shaken up but band and crew are all fine. Cheap Trick hopes that everyone who attended the show is also ok”

      According to festival director Mark Monahan, 3 injured people were released from hospital with only minor injuries. After watching the videos and looking at all of the pictures that were taken I just can’t believe that only three people were injured, if those people were cats they used up a few of those 9 lives last night.

Joe Cornelisse-SSGS

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