How Did Hurricane Sandy Impact Live Music And The Fan Experience?

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In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy I started to wonder what the impact would be on the live music industry and the fan experience. Who would be hit the hardest? The fans? Bands? Venue owners?

As I thought about how live music has helped fans and band process grief and loss, I also started to wonder How would live music be used to help people recover physically and emotionally?

What live music experiences would bands and fans have as they navigate the emotional aftermath of Sandy?

Would live music play the role it did in the wake of 9/11, or other tragic events?

Of course, the answers to those questions will take time to answer, and as I looked for answers to those questions I wanted to share a few stories that have begun to shed light on those issues.

Stories About Sandy Impact, Benefit Concert History

First up is this Billboard story that explains a few insurance scenarios:

Most venues don’t carry insurance for loss of revenue due to a weather cancelation, Bassman says, though policies differ widely. “Some venues may carry ‘loss of utilities’ coverage, however there are so many different kinds of insurance coverage, it just depends on what they carry,” he says.

Force majeure, or “act of God,” clauses in contracts cover stakeholders on both sides of the talent buyer-entertainer equation. “Depending on how it’s worded, something like this would typically invoke the force majeure clause, and the [promoter] would not have to pay the guarantee to the artist,” says Bassman. “But [the promoter] would still be out all kinds of money for marketing and promotion, not to mention lose out on the profit potential for that show.”

Big companies like Live Nation, AEG Live, and Bowery Presents — the three most active in the New York metropolitan area — are well-insulated from serious weather events, Bassman says. “It’s the one-time promoter that’s going to get crushed.”

Next is this Huffington Post story about the unfortunate scalping situation that has occured leading up to the upcoming 12-12-12 Madison Square Garden Sandy Benefit concert this week.

“Every dollar spent for these concert tickets should go to help the victims of Superstorm Sandy – not to line the pocket of unscrupulous scalpers,” Senator Schumer said in an statement. “Ticket resale websites have the opportunity to make it much more difficult for scalpers to make money of this charitable event, and they should seize it.”

Currently, tickets are listed on StubHub for as much as $27,175. With the highest face-value price of a ticket reaching $2,500, scalpers are in a position to make an enormous profit. While StubHub is donating its service fees and commissions to the Robin Hood Foundation, it isn’t regulating the reselling of tickets. NYT reports that StubHub’s spokesman, Glenn Lehrman, said about the company’s decision, “This is going to take place regardless of whether we enable it or somebody else does, and at least by us enabling it, we can give a good portion to charity.”

Ticketmaster’s resale sites, however, are not allowing tickets for 12-12-12 to be sold.

“We proactively blocked all posts for 12-12-12 as is our policy for charitable events,” a representative for TicketsNow and TicketExchange said in an email.

Then I came across this Rollingstone.com article that puts the questionable history of benefit concert in perspective and explains how the industry has learned from the past and hopes to make the 12-12-12 concert all about helping tell the story of those who are still in need:

In addition to raising money, organizers hope the concert will educate the country about the full extent of the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy. “People don’t realize there’s a very long tail of impact from this hurricane,” says Sykes. “There was the initial damage, but now you have homeless people in New York that are headed into a winter with below-freezing temperatures. These people have nowhere to go. You have homes lost, families torn apart, and these people have nowhere to go.”

The big benefit concerts of the 1970s were notorious for wasteful spending, but that won’t be the case this time around, organizers insist. “The concert business has learned from the mistakes of the past,” says Sykes. “When you have a group like the Robin Hood [Foundation] in New York City, where the entire overhead of the organization is paid for by the board members, that means 100 percent of the funds raised on that concert will go to the people that need it.”

 

12-12-12 Sandy Relief Concert

To wrap up the post, here’s info about the 12-12-12 Benefit concert taking place this Wendesday at 7:30pmEST including below a list of places online and TV where you can watch from the comfort of your home.

From Kanye West to Bruce Springsteen, there’s going to be a lot of stars performing and to get you ready for the show, here’s a list of previous Live Fix explorations that’ll take you deeper into how their live shows have moved us and other concert fans have used live music and the concert community to cope with loss and recover.

Share Your Sandy Stories

As always our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone impacted by Sandy. We want to continue to explore this and we’d love to hear about your stories too. Tell us how Sandy has impacted your live music experiences and we’ll share them on a future episode of Live Fix Radio.

 

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Clear Channel Media and Entertainment
Clear Channel Outdoor
Cookingchannel.com
Crackle
epixHD.com
EW.com
Foxmoviechannel.com

Fuse.tv
Hulu
Ifc.com
iHeartRadio
InStyle.com
Livewellnetwork.com
MTV.com
My Space
Ovationtv.com

People.com
SiriusXM Radio
Sundancechannel.com
Time.com
Vevo
VH1.com
Wetv.com
Yahoo
YouTube

US TELEVISION CHANNELS

AMC
AXS TV
BIO
Bloomberg
CBS
Cooking Channel
Destination America
Discovery Fit & Health
ENCORE
EPIX
FX Movie Channel
FEARnet
Fuse
G4

Hallmark Movie Channel
HBO
HBO Latino
IFC
ION Television
Lifetime Real Women
Live Well Network
Military History
MSG
MSG Plus
MUNDOFOX
NJTV

Palladia
PlumTV
SHOWTIME 2
Smithsonian Channel
Sundance Channel
THIRTEEN
VH1 Classic
WEtv
WLIW
WLNY
WPSG/The CW Philly
Wealth TV

 

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Rockin’ The Movember Mustache For Men’s Mental Health

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This month I’m proud and inspired to help change the face of men’s health and join the Movember men’s health movement because, as I’ve shared before, my dad struggled with mental illness for much of his life and it could have been prevented or at least treated with more awareness earlier in his life, and I have several men in my family, like Uncle Johnny, who have struggled with or sadly lost the fight with cancer.

As you can see, my stache is of the blonde variety so it’s coming in a little light. But I’m sure it’ll finish full and strong by the end of the month.

That said, I’m happy and honored to sprout a mustache to raise awareness for the health of men and concert fans everywhere!

Supporting Men’s Mental Health with Live Music Stories

Over the years, we’ve featured many stories that explore and bring awareness to men’s mental health, especially how we proces grief, trauma and loss. So here’s a collection of those stories so we can pay tribute to these men and remember those who’ve passed on, learn from their experiences and hopefully think more about how live music can and has had a positive impact on the mental health of men everywhere in the universe.

 

Why I’m Digging Mantherapy.org

Speaking of inspring stories and creative tools to get us thinking more about men’s mental health, I thought you might want to soak up some knowledge and sobering stats on men’s mental health and check out the mantherapy.org site that’s featured on the Movember list of partner sites and awareness tools.

 

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One of my favorite parts of the mantherapy.org site is the One-on-One therapy DIY Guide. It’s full of practical tips, and knowing how therapeutic live music is, I’m sort of surprised that “going to a concert” isn’t on the guide. Maybe they’ll add it for next year.

How You Can Help: Donate To The Movember Movement

To wrap this post up I wanted to let you know that part of Movember involves raising support. So if you’d like to support the cause, you can visit my Movember page and donate here. Thanks for taking the time and please drop comment so we can share your Movember concert stories on a future episode of Live Fix Radio. And stay tuned for more Movember updates as I include my son Calvin into the mustache mix too.

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LCD Soundsystem’s “Shut Up And Play The Hits” Is A Concert Funeral?

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Yep, we love exploring concert movies that capture the essence of the live music experience. And we’re excited to share the news that LCD Soundsystem‘s Shut Up and Play the Hits will be arriving in theaters this summer.

James Murphy and company wanted to go out in the spirit of the Last Waltz.

And by looks of the trailer, LCD Soundsystem was seeing their final show at Madison Square Garden as a celebratory funeral between them and their fans.

That said, it’s interesting to consider this concert movie as a continuation of our exploration into how concert fans experience grief, loss and mourning during a live show.

But in this situation things are a bit different.

The loss is the ending of a band and not necessarily the loss of a life or a tragic event that happens at a show like the Sugarland tragedy.

And this show isn’t like our 9/11 experiment where fans gathered at a concert to collectively and communally mourn after a shared national tragedy.

And as they mention in the trailer, James Murphy and the band have complete control over the how their “funeral” goes, what songs get played and how longs it lasts.

Those elements of control have me wondering a lot, because celebration, grieving and mourning are central elements to traditional wakes and funerals, and it’s extremely fascinating to re-think having more emotional control of those rituals in the context of the live music experience.

Were You At the MSG show?

What’s your favorite LCD Soundsystem live music love story? What do you think about a final concert being compared to a funeral?

Share your concert experiences and thoughts in the comments below, on Twitter @livefixmedia, on Facebook , Google Plus, or call the concert fan hotline at 773-609-4341, and we’ll include them in a future episode of Live Fix Radio.

For more information about the film before it’s release this summer visit www.shutupandplaythehits.com.

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RIP Whitney Houston: What Concert Fans Remembered And Loved The Most

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After I heard the sad news that Whitney Houston had died I thought about a couple things.

First, I wondered how we would respond to it as a community of live music fans.

Would it be like how we responded to Michael Jackson’s death? Or Amy Winehouse? Or other artists who’ve died?

How would we all mourn and express our grief  in response to the death of Houston, one of the best and most emotionally moving performers in pop music history?

To begin to answer those questions I went to Twitter because that has become one of the most popular places where live music fans go to express their grief and loss when an artist dies.

Below are some of the millions of tweets that our fellow concert fans tweeted in the wake of tragic news.

As you’ll see, Houston had a profound and extremely memorable impact on millions of fans early and late in her career.

And what I found most interesting was how many of these fans shared that their first, and most memorable concert, was seeing Houston perform live.  And I especially enjoyed how one fan connected Michael Jackson to Houston in the afterlife.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A “Moment of Truth” Brings Back Memories

The second thing, that I thought about was how much my Dad loved Whitney Houston.

As I mentioned in my tribute to him when he died in 2010, Houston one of the three artists that my dad played all the time.

And one of my best memories was hearing my Dad talk about seeing Whitney Houston live in during her Moment of Truth Tour in 1987.

Anytime I would ask him about that night, his eyes lit up when he talked about how the show began with the words “Dance” booming from the speakers and blasts of confetti shooting out into the crowd as Houston came on stage to a roaring crowd at Poplar Creek Theater in Hoffman Estates.

After I thought about that memory and I read all those tweets, I wanted to find that 1987 Whitney album so I flipped through our record collection to see if I could find the vinyl album that my Dad got at the concert.

But, unfortunately I couldn’t find it. Hopefully I can find it because holding and listening to that album is one of those things, like tweeting a concert memory or watching a YouTube clip, that helps comfort and guide you through the mourning process.

At the very least, I chuckled at and found comfort in the thought that my Dad might be enjoying a Houston concert that was way better than the one he experienced on Planet Earth in 1987.

And I’m sure I’m not the only one who has gone through the process of what I like to call situational or memory-based grieving, which is, as I’ve explained to other people, is the process of being reminding about the loss of friends or family member after another person dies.

In times like these I’m reminded how the grieving process isn’t a one-time thing. And music, live music in this case, plays a major part in conjuring up our emotions that we’ve buried down deep.

Grieving can last a lifetime and you can go through many stages depending of the type of loss and where you were in life when the loss occurred.

In situations like these it amazes me how much the live music experience can help us identify and work through our grief, both individually and as a worldwide community.

And I’m sure this process will continue as more stories about impact of her career on our lives and details about her tragic death are reported in the media.

Hudson To Pay Tribute At Grammys

With this news coming on the eve of the Grammys, Reuters reported that Jennifer Hudson will lead fans in paying tribute with a performance dedicated to Houston on Sunday night.

The awards’ executive producer Ken Ehrlich told the L.A. Times that Jennifer Hudson would perform a “respectful” musical tribute to Houston during the CBS awards telecast on Sunday.

Ehrlich told the Times: “It’s too fresh in everyone’s memory to do more at this time, but we would be remiss if we didn’t recognize Whitney’s remarkable contribution to music fans in general, and in particular her close ties with the Grammy telecast and her Grammy wins and nominations over the years.”

 

What Have You Felt?

What are your favorite memories of seeing her perform live? Let us what you think and share your experiences in the comments below, on Twitter @livefixmedia, on Facebook, Google Plus, or call the concert fan hotline at 773-609-4341, and we’ll include them in a future episode of Live Fix Radio.

 

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Sugarland Plays Free Tribute Concert in Indianapolis, Fans and Band Continue to Heal

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Continuing our exploration of the Sugarland concert tragedy and live music mourning, we’d like to share news and a few videos about how the band and their fans continue to cope with their grief and other emotions since the tragic event happened back in August.

As Pollstar reports,Sugarland lead singer Jennifer Nettles said this to the crowd before the free tribute show began on Friday night:

“Obviously we are here in October – we were supposed to do this show in August. Obviously, the stage is different, you are different and we are different. We are all changed by what happened then,” she said. “But we are going to try to give you the best show that we can and to celebrate healing with you and to celebrate life and music with you here tonight.”

Pollstar also tells the story of one of the victims who attended the concert:

Indianapolis resident Sue Humphrey, whose 17-year-old son, Brad, was left partially paralyzed when he was struck by falling stage rigging that night, attended Friday’s concert with her son, who only decided Friday afternoon that he wanted to go.

Humphrey said Brad was unsure if the concert would be too emotional for him, but she said it was herself, and not her son, who got choked up at one point during the show as her mind cast back to August’s tragedy.

According to other reports over the last couple of months, several fans have “filed over 60 tort lawsuits with intentions to sue,” but unfortunately industry red tape will keep the victims from getting answers and seeing change until at least 2013.

But the ridiculous lag time in getting answers hasn’t stopped fans from expressing themselves. And several fans have also created YouTube video to pay tribute to the fans who died.

As we’ve explored before, videos like these videos are a major part of the mourning and grieving process and we’ve been moved and thought deeply about what these fans are experiencing and how they’re sharing their stories.

Here are two that we’ve found and if you’ve come across others, please do share links to them in the comments below.

Were You at the Sugarland show?

Were you at tribute concert in Indianapolis? Have thoughts about what happened at the state fair and regulating? Let us know what you think about experiencing grief at concerts, and we’ll share your story during a future episode of Live Fix Radio.

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RIP and Live Music Mourning: Remembering DJ Mehdi at Empty Bottle

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When I read the news that DJ Mehdi had died this week from a tragic fall from a rooftop at his home in Paris, I immediately thought back to when we saw him perform alongside DJ A-Trak at the Empty Bottle in 2007.

And what I remember the most about that show was having just as much fun dancing to DJ Mehdi’s beats and I did watching him get lost in the music and smiling constantly through his set. The guy was a blast to watch and the pleasure he had playing live was undeniable and infectious.

What I’m describing to you by looking back at DJ Mehdi Empty Bottle set is what I like to call live music mourning, which is the process of a concert fan grieving in the wake of an artist’s death who you saw perform live.

The grieving process happens in many ways in our lives when people or things we love to do die or cease to exist.

And as a concert fan, I’ve realized that live music mourning is a unique kind of grieving that I’ve learned a lot from by reflecting on what’s going on in my mind and heart before, during and after the show.

For me the live music mourning process is defined by the build up, feeling and the processing of emotions associated with that live music moment.

It’s also the process of feeling and sorting through all the thoughts and emotions associated with the music that artist created on album. And just like other grieving moments, live music mourning isn’t just a one time event, it’s an ongoing process and can last for a long time, and it can be triggered by a song, photo, a word, a sense or anything associated with that moment or artist.

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For me, when I heard about DJ Mehdi’s death I thought back to the Empty Bottle show and I found myself reminiscing about everything I saw, heard, smelled and felt.

I felt big sense of sadness about his death because I felt that he had a lot more music to share with the world, and I was sad that other fans wouldn’t be able to experience the same thing I felt that night at the Empty Bottle.

I felt happy and joyful this past week too because it was a pleasure to voyage back to that concert where I had such a great time.

I’ve also found myself thinking about all the other artist we’ve seen live who’ve died. I’ve thought about Amy Winehouse, Sparklehorse, Michael Jackson, Jay Raetard and Mike “Eyedea” Larsen.

And I’ve been thinking about my Dad’s death last year and his love for Neil Diamond live.

And I’ve been thinking about fellow concert fans who’ve died and their favorite concert experiences, and fans who’ve experienced traumatic events like the Sugarland tragedy.

UPDATE 9/23:

As a tribute to DJ Mehdi we shared one of our favorite tracks “I am Somebody”  on the latest episode of Live Fix Radio.

 

What’s on Your Mind?

Do you have a DJ Medhi concert memory? Have you experienced live music mourning? Let us know what’s on your mind and we’ll share your story during a future episode of Live Fix Radio.

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How Did Live Music Help Fans Cope After 9/11?

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Over the last ten years, I’ve heard many personal stories about what my friends and family felt during and after the tragic events of 9/11.

And today, in one way or another, you’ll probably be sharing stories of where you were and what you felt when you heard the unbelievable and shocking news that the World Trade Center Towers had been attacked.

As I think about all the 9/11 stories being shared today, I’m reminded how many of the ones I’ve heard include details about how concert venues all across the world became unlikely shelters of comfort, support and cathartic solidarity.

I wasn’t at a concert right after 9/11, but I imagine such a scene would be similar to what it was like at Rock The Bells after Michael Jackson died. For me that concert was a very odd, uncomfortable and awkwardly sublime mix of mourning, entertainment and escapism.

And to continue our exploration of how traumatic and emotional events like 9/11 define our concert experiences,  I’d like to share with you a 9/11 live music story.

This story was originally posted as a response to our Joy, Grief and Community Experiment by our friend Mike Philips who explains how a post 9/11 PJ Harvey concert experience helped him to process and cope with the confusing mix of shock, sadness, grief and guilt.

It’s no easy task to describe what you feel during such a palpable moment.

But nonetheless, as you’ll see, Mike does a great job of taking us back to the scene.

One of my favorite things about his story is his honesty in expressing the emotional complexity of the moment. A complexity that I’m sure we can all relate with on many levels.

So without further ado, here’s Mike’s story, followed by an invitation to share yours.

Mike’s 9/11 Live Music Story: PJ Harvey at the Riviera

Allow me to share a grieving moment of my own through music.

September 13, 2001.

Two days after the horrific day of September 11. I remember the city of Chicago was dead silent. No airplanes, no loud music, no horns honking in traffic. It was a collective feeling of sadness and respect for human kind that hushed the normally bustling streets.

I had tickets to PJ Harvey at The Riviera in Chicago on the 13th, and was struggling; trying to decide if going to a rock concert was the right thing to do. It was a tough decision, but we decided to go – mostly because we didn’t want terrorists and hate-mongers to continue to alter our lives.

Before the show, the crowd was on edge. There were whispers and nervous laughter as nobody knew exactly what they were doing there. Everyone’s eyes revealed sadness and lingering shock.

PJ Harvey took the stage. She talked about an earlier band meeting – how they debated whether they should do the show. Were they being disrespectful? In the end, they decided they absolutely must play. That in times like these it is crucial for people to gather and mourn and help each other stand up.

She plugged in and ripped the first chord. It was loud. A chill shot up from my heels to the back of my neck. The air was suddenly warm and you could feel the audience take one giant deep breath and slowly exhale – as if we’d been deprived of oxygen for the past 48 hours. I became overwhelmed with sadness, then the far away screams of thousands of innocent people got a little quieter. We were all happy to be together. And we were exhausted but ready to rock.

Because that’s how we roll.

What’s Your 9/11 Live Music Story?

We thank Mike for sharing his story and now we invite you to share yours. Were you at a concert right after 9/11? How did that show help you grieve and cope? How was that concert different than other concerts you’ve been to? Did that experience change the way you think about live music?

Let us know what you thinking in the comments below and we’ll share your feedback during a future episode of Live Fix Radio.

Note: The video is from PJ Harvey’s show in New York on 9/8/11 via gardenfiles. It was the closest I could get to Riviera show. But if you have video of 9/13 concert let us know and we’ll post it up.

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Concert Preview: Phish To Host Benefit Show, Live Webcast for Vermont Flood Recovery

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Continuing our exploration of Phish and their live show experiences, we’d like to share news about the band hosting a special show at Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex Junction, Vermont next Wednesday, September 14th.

The show will be supporting those communities impacted by flooding caused by Hurricane Irene.

Here’s what Phish keyboardist Page McConnell had to say in a fan email released earlier this week followed by ticket info and more details about the concert:

“It’s been heartbreaking to see all the loss and destruction that came from the storm. Vermont is very much a part of who we are as a band. We’re really looking forward to playing this show and we hope the money raised will make a difference in the recovery and rebuilding effort.”

Ticket Info:

  • General admission tickets will be $75.
  • A special “Friend of WaterWheel” package will be available for $250. It will include preferred parking, a reserved box seat, a limited edition poster and access to a Vermont craft beer tent.
  • The ticket request period is currently underway and will end on Wednesday, September 7, at noon ET. Tickets will go on sale to the public on Saturday, September 10, at 10:00 AM ET. In order to ensure that a large allotment of tickets is available to local residents, the public onsale will be in-person and cash only.
  • The box office location will be announced this Friday at Phish.com, by email update and on local radio stations.
  • Proceeds from the concert and merchandise sales will be directed to The WaterWheel Foundation and The Vermont Community Foundation to aid in the recovery of the Green Mountain State.
  • The WaterWheel Foundation was created by Phish in 1997 to oversee the band’s various charitable activities. Fans can donate to The WaterWheel Foundation by clicking here. You should specify that they would like their contribution to go to Vermont flood recovery efforts.

Live Webcast on LivePhish.com

Phish will also be having a live webcast of the Benefit show on LivePhish.com. Again, all proceeds going to The WaterWheel Foundation and The Vermont Community Foundation.

And the details are….

  • The webcast is available for pre-order now for $19.99. And Phish is also offering a bundle option that will include an exclusive Green Mountain Logo t-shirt, to increase awareness and funds.
  • In addition, CDs, MP3s and FLACs of each show will be available (with all proceeds going to Vermont Flood Recovery). For additional details or to pre-order the webcast, visit http://bit.ly/nv9epT
  • Ticket stubs for Benefit For Vermont Flood Recovery ticket includes a free MP3 download of the entire show (a fully mixed soundboard recording), redeemable at LivePhish.com after the show. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/iZxtcb.

What’s Your Story?

Do you have a Phish story to share? Have you seen them in 3D or followed them on concert road trip?

This show is also a continuation of our grief, joy and community experiments and we’d like to hear how it or other benefit shows have impacted your life. We invite you to post your thoughts below and we’ll share your feedback during a future episode of Live Fix Radio.

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Pukkelpop Festival Sets Up Fund for Victims, Smith Westerns Tell Their Story

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It’s been a rough and terrible summer for concert stages. And in the wake of the the Pukkelpop stage disaster Pollstar reports that a benefit fund has been set up for victims impacted by the tragedy.

The note stresses that the full amount of every donation will go directly to the victims and their survivors.
“No part of that money will go to the Pukkelpop organisation,” the message reads. “At the express request of Pukkelpop, the Fund will be independent and autonomous.
“Everyone taking part in the establishment and operation of the Fund – now and in the future – is doing so from a sense of social engagement on an unpaid volunteer basis.”

Continuing our exploration of grief in the aftermath of these tragic concert events, we also like to share a link to a short video interview from 3VOOR12 with Chicago-based band Smith Westerns who were on the stage as the tent was collapsing.

Were You There?

Were you at the Pukkelpop festival? We invite to tell us about your experience, and we’ll share your feedback during a future episode of Live Fix Radio.

Again, we are saddened by this kind of news. And as always, we send our thoughts and prayers to family and friends of everyone involved in this tragic event. And like we’ve done before on Live Fix, we pay tribute to the Pukkelpop fans other concert fans who have passed on to the big concert venue in the sky.

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Sugarland Fan Trauma, Gate Crashers, Best & Worst of Lollapalooza 2011

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During this episode of Live Fix Radio, we explore how fans cope with the emotional trauma caused by the Sugarland stage collapse tragedy, the evolution of gate-crashing and the best and worst moments of Lollapalooza 2011.

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Show Notes:

Music from the podcast (all tracks live at Lollapalooza 2011 except Sugarland)

  • Atmosphere – “Should’ve Known”
  • Sugarland – Live Tribute To Fans and Victims of Indiana State Fair Stage
  • Eminem – “Cleaning Out My Closet/Whatever You Say I Am”
  • Lissie – “Pursuit of Happiness (Nightmare)” (a splendid cover of Kid Cudi’s original track)

News and other Stuff we talked about:

Were You There?

Were you at the Sugarland concert or Lollapalooza 2011? Have any gate-crashing tips? Spread the love and let us know what you think, and we’ll share your feedback during a future episode of Live Fix Radio.

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5 Fans Die, 45 Injured After Stage Collapses At Indiana State Fair Before Sugarland Concert

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It’s never easy to share concert news like this. But according to WRTV Indianapolis, on Saturday night before the Sugarland concert at the Indiana State Fair the stage collapsed injuring 45 and killing 5 concert fans.

And as the Los Angeles Times, the 5 victims were identified by the Marion County coroner’s office as Tammy Vandam, 42, of Wanatah; Glenn Goodrich, 49, of Indianapolis; Alina Bigjohny, 23, of Fort Wayne; Christina Santiago, 29, of Chicago; and Nathan Byrd, 51, of Indianapolis.

Knowing what we know about concert fan emotions, I can’t imagine what it was like to experience such a horrific event,

But I was encouraged to read that the LA Times reported that

“…In the chaos afterward, scores of concertgoers rushed to the stage to lift broken scaffolding and equipment off people.”

“People put themselves in jeopardy…and it’s gratifying to know that at a moment’s notice people will jump in to help others,” said Indiana State Police Sgt. Rich Myers.

In the wake of this sad news I also thought about our other tragic concert news about other stages collapsing and concert fan assaults. It’s certainly been one heck of summer for concertgoers in 2011.

Sugarland’s Response, Remembering Our Questions

According to the Associated Press, here’s what Sugarland singer Jennifer Nettles said in the wake of the event:

“I am so moved,” she said. “Moved by the grief of those families who lost loved ones. Moved by the pain of those who were injured and the fear of their families. Moved by the great heroism as I watched so many brave Indianapolis fans actually run toward the stage to try and help lift and rescue those injured. Moved by the quickness and organization of the emergency workers who set up the triage and tended to the injured.”

And when I read Nettles’ response, I thought about our ongoing grief experiments and our previous Sugarland exploration, when we asked two curious questions about their live concert experience. And I can only imagine how such a moment like this Indiana State Fair tragedy will impact future shows for the country duo.

Again, we are saddened by this news. And as always, we send our thoughts and prayers to family and friends of everyone involved in this tragic event. And like we’ve done before on Live Fix, we pay tribute to this female fan and other concert fans who have passed on to the big concert venue in the sky.

UPDATE: 

As Pollstar reports yesterday Tuesday, August 16, a stage hand who died during the event had previously expressed doubts about the safety of the rig, and officials are unsure whether there was a plan in place to evacuate fans and if the rig was properly inspected:

As the fair reopened Monday, investigators and the families of the dead and injured were still seeking answers to hard questions: Was the structure safe? Why were the thousands of fans not evacuated? Could anything have been done to prevent the tragedy?

State fair officials have not said whether the stage and rigging were inspected prior to Saturday’s show. Fair spokesman Andy Klotz said initially that the state fire marshal’s office was responsible for inspections, but he backtracked Monday, saying he wasn’t sure whose job it is.

 

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