Cheap Trick is thankful to be alive after the collapse of their stage at a festival in Canada. A violent thunderstorm tore through on Sunday night, demolishing the main stage and destroying all of the bands equipment.
“It was complete pandemonium,” Frey told Rolling Stone yesterday.
Luckily the stage fell backwards, toward the backstage, not out into the crowd. “There were thousands of people running,” reported the Globe and Mail’s Jeremy Torobin. “The rain was pounding, pouring down sideways. It was insane.”
Three people were taken to a local hospital. The most seriously hurt was Sandy Sanderson, one of Cheap Trick’s lorry drivers, who reportedly suffered injuries to his femur, abdomen, pelvis and leg. .
“It was a miracle no one was killed today when the stage collapsed,” wrote Death Cab’s Ben Gibbard on Twitter. “Gear can be replaced, people can’t.” His bandmate Nick Harmer offered his own take: “Seriously. What. The F—.”