Posted in music on July 18, 2011

stage collapse

A strong downward burst of wind is believed to have led to the collapse of the main stage during a performance Sunday night at Ottawa Bluesfest.

Though not an official finding, Environment Canada said they are fairly confident a downburst was the trigger for the collapse of the main stage 20 minutes into a performance by Cheap Trick.

A downburst is a particularly strong downdraft of air from a thunderstorm that spreads out in all directions when it hits the ground and can potentially cause as much damage as a tornado. Thunderstorms with wind gusts up to 96 km/h began around 7:30 p.m. ET and continued on and off through the evening.

Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest executive director Mark Monahan is set to hold a news conference 11 a.m. ET to discuss the stage collapse that sent three people to hospital and thousands fleeing for cover. [CBC]

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Comments (32)

"A strong downward burst of wind"

nature abhors a vacuum (of talent)

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 11:27 AM

More like Tom Petersson's thumping 12-string bass did them in.

Posted by Smack | July 18, 2011 11:31 AM

i hope mommy and daddy are alright...

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 11:34 AM

Good Thing No On Was watching those talentless assholes

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 11:52 AM

And yet somehow the Levon Helm/Emmylou Harris show tonight will go on during expected severe thunderstorms anyway...

Nice to know Curtis Mayfield made such a difference to the concert industry.

Posted by texastab | July 18, 2011 11:55 AM

I am amused at messageboard posters criticizing Cheap Trick's talent.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 11:56 AM

I am amused by people in general who rip bands in Brooklyn Vegan posts and don't even have the guts to put their name behind it.

Posted by Joe | July 18, 2011 12:00 PM

I'm amused by the geniuses who take BV comments seriously.

Posted by Bro Use for a Name | July 18, 2011 12:06 PM

I love the pathetic little weiners who hide behind their screens saying all this spiteful shit. Bunch of spineless bitches.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 12:07 PM

I'm amused at all the pussies on here

Posted by Tom | July 18, 2011 12:09 PM

i'm amused by holograms and i love pizza!

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 12:12 PM

looks like our vengeful god wasn't quick enough on the draw. Cheap Trick made it out alive.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 12:14 PM

I WANT YOU TO WANT MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE


michael moore's fat ass was on stage

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 12:22 PM

um, so just to ask the obvious question.
was anyone hurt?

Posted by christian | July 18, 2011 12:22 PM

12:22 - yeah, I was about to ask the same thing. The video shows complete devastation on stage, yet no one mentions the band that the stage collapsed on. Very odd.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 1:01 PM

You rip on bands that you know nothing about...bands that are admired by the bands you actually like...the bands you actually like who don't know you even exist...and would loathe you being a fan if they did know.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 1:03 PM

Iam not amused. I live a dry vegan life in brooklyn, with flatback-ass white girls.

Posted by Name | July 18, 2011 1:07 PM

If you have the nerve to make insensitive comments at what is obviously a horrible potential tragedy, you have clearly never lost anyone near or dear to you. Don't worry assholes...life will teach you.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 1:08 PM

Gives a whole new meaning to Bringing Down The House

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 1:09 PM

The construction firm that built this stage is actually based out of Williamsburg, and they often times utilize hummus for holding the T-joints together.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 1:18 PM

I was there when they came out in the 70s. They sucked balls then, and now they are no better but with less quirky sparkle. So Mr. Lecture, regarding bands I like adoring them, fuck you very much, mm kay?

And if anyone was hurt, don't you think that would be the lead story not just here but in every domestic news source today? Case in point - who gave a FUCK about Great White during the time when that club went up?

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 1:19 PM

Cheap Trick are great.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 1:25 PM

While mostly fun, concerts can leave terrible memories...Dimebag Darrell RIP!

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 1:35 PM

1:19 - Oh........................................And, you must be old.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 1:40 PM

who can i sue?

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 2:08 PM

too bad it wasnt odd future.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 2:11 PM

how about some cheese with that whine

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 2:47 PM

The comparison between Great White and Cheap Trick is not a valid one.

Cheap Trick were huge and had one of the biggest selling albums of the 70's, plus a number one hit in the 1980's. In addition to the legendary status of the band, The members of the band are individually iconic. Great White had only one hit and it was a cover song anyway. No one knows who anyone in that band was/is.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 5:10 PM

Don't know who got hurt, but at least Mommy's alright, and Daddy's alright.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 5:18 PM

You were "there when they came out in the 70s," and you use the phrase "fuck you very much, mm kay?"

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 7:41 PM

Are you sure that Mommy's all right, Daddy's all right? They just seem a little weird.

Posted by Crosseyed Sniper | July 19, 2011 12:57 AM

just saw cheap trick at the seaside concert series in Brooklyn coney island two 5th row tickets a slice of pizza 2 coffees for 20 bucks what a great night what a great show this is how 60 year old rockers do it what a great show with the cringe what a great show

Posted by stacey allam | July 13, 2013 7:14 PM

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