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Cheap Trick Narrowly Avoid Stage Collapse

Monday, July 18th 2011 01:00

Band are very lucky to still be here

The band were performing at the Bluesfest in Ottawa yesterday when a storm hit the festival. They left the stage and literally moments later the whole MBNA collapsed.

Later in the day the band posted a message on its Facebook profile, "We are SOOOO lucky! Everyone is shaken up but band and crew are all fine. Cheap Trick hopes that everyone who attended the show is also OK." Cheap Trick singer Robin Zander later added, "Fortunately the band and crew are all lucky to be alive and we'll see you down the road. And all the best to our truck driver Sandy."

Globe And Mail editor Ryan MacDonald, who was at the concert, wrote, "Suddenly the wind whipped up from the west and the storm rolled in. It was a scary moment. People started screaming and crying. The stage was a rectangle and it had scaffolding, three, four storeys high. The wind caught it and blew it backwards. It collapsed like a big tent. It was kind of unreal."

Amazingly there were no fatalities and only minor scrapes and cuts to some members of the crew.

Watch the moment the stage collapsed in the videos below or see some amazing "post event" photos HERE

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