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Cheap Trick Cancel Date Over Stage "Fright"

The band won\'t work with company that constructed collapsed stage

The band have cancelled a show on 1 September in Vancouver because it has been revealed that the firm responsible for the stage which collapsed at the Ottawa Bluesfest last month.

A statement on the Cheap Trick website reads, "Staging for PNE (Pacific National Exhibition) in Vancouver, BC is provided by Mega-Stage, (Berger), who also provided the MBNA Stage that fell on Cheap Trick at Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest on July 17th, 2011.

"All potential alternatives have been explored by the band and promoter and were exhausted, leaving Cheap Trick with no other option than to cancel their September 1st engagement at the PNE.

"Unless current investigation(s) prove otherwise, the band will not, as a matter of principle, but more importantly, as a matter of safety, appear on a Berger stage in the future".

Eight people were injured when the stage came crashing down last month but the band was unharmed.

The disaster was the second time a stage by Groupe Berger has fallen down. It also happened on 30 June, 2009 at the Quebec comedy festival.

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