The stage collapsed while the band, Cheap Trick, was performing at the Ottawa Bluesfest yesterday. Out of everyone at the concert, only two people suffered from non-life threatening injuries, according to The Vancouver Sun.
Cheap Trick took to Facebook to explain: “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.”
A concert viewer, Maureen Meaney, said, “The stage went over backwards. They were really getting the crowd worked up. They had literally just played ‘I Want You To Want Me’ when the stage fell down.” Meaney went to Bluesfest with her husband and son, who were sad that they did not see the rest of the concert because of the storm damage.
The driver for Cheap Trick was hit with a pole from the stage. A person at the concert, Pamela Cogan, who works at the Ottawa Hospital, said, “I held his head until I got him into the ambulance. I can’t understand how people on the stage weren’t hurt.” Cogans then told The Vancouver Sun that the driver suffered from head injuries, leg injuries, and a cut on his stomach.
Spokesman for Bluesfest, Joe Reilly, said that the Sunday evening programs were cancelled after the storm that destroyed the stage. He explained that Bluesfest has an emergency plan, and “it worked…everyone left in an orderly manner. They handled the situation very well and thankfully we have no serious injuries to report.”