Continuing our exploration of Cheap Trick fan experiences, here’s news about how, on July 17, at the Ottawa Bluesfest the main stage collapsed during Cheap Trick’s set.
Obviously, watching the YouTube video above is quite an alarming spectacle to behold.
Sure, tornadoes and high winds can rip down a stage in a matter of seconds. But we’re wondering what else contributed to this traumatic incident?
And according to this Pollstar article, here’s a few reasons why the stage collapsed as Bluesfest. The responses come from Bluesfest executive director Mark Monahan and Stéphane Berger of Groupe Berger / Mega-Stage, the company who owned the stage, each answer a few questions about the incident.
“Honestly, what we’ve been told, it was a very unusual situation,” Monahan said. “The fact that [the storm] brought that stage down and nothing else came down in the park is just a freak situation.”
This isn’t the first time Mega-Stage has had issues with a stage, however. One of the company’s smaller stages collapsed during a comedy festival in Quebec City in 2009.
Berger said that collapse was linked to defects from a third-party manufacturer, and added that in his 35 years in the business, it was the first time anything like that had happened.
“This was a defective component from a chain manufacturer,” he said. “We got certified chains and the chains broke.”
A provincial workplace safety commission cleared the company of wrongdoing following an investigation into the Quebec incident.
“We hereby can confirm that Groupe Berger has taken all necessary precaution to avoid any undesirable incident and to assure public safety,” the commission wrote. “It is the hoist mechanism itself, despite the fact that is was certified by the manufacturer, that should be blamed for the incident.”
Will Concert Stages Survive the Summer?
Considering this Cheap Trick stage collapse and what happened at Rihanna’s Dallas concert, it’s been quite a crazy summer for stages so far. And we hope the stages, artists and fans can make it through the summer safe and sound without any more fires or collapses.
Were You There?
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There’s a certain rhythm and repetition to touring. A certain predictability at times too.
But of late, I’ve been impressed by Rihanna’s ability to alter that rhythmic predictability of touring to recreate her live performances to deliver a show that’s unique for each audience.
And depending on her audience, surroundings and technical difficulties Rihanna I’ve also realized that each of these three performances should come with a PG, R-rated, and a watch-out-for-real-Fire Bombs-in-the-lighting-rig warning.
First, here’s the R-rated version of “Skin” that happened during a show on her current tour, during which Rihanna gives a female fan a lap dance and then disappears underneath the stage as the crowd howls and cheers. This video mashup of Janet Jackson vs. Rihanna certain puts everything in perspective too. Rihanna certainly isn’t the first one to do this and she definitely won’t be the last.
And then here’s a PG-13-rated clip from a recent appearance Rihanna made on the Today show.
It’s amazing to see how the fan clearly wanted more from Rihanna then she was willing to give. The fan reaches out and grabs Rihanna before she can get to the stage, but Rihanna doesn’t miss a beat and keeps right on towards the stage. Maybe this fan saw the Skin performance and wanted the same sexy treatment?
And then on Friday night (video above), a fire broke out in the lighting rig before a concert at the AA Center in Dallas. Fans were quickly evacuated and the concert was cancelled and reschedule for a later date.
Will fans on the next tour stops expect lap dances and real fire bombs? And which Rihanna will show up? The PG or the R-rated one?
How About Tracking Fire Bombs In Our Minds And Hearts?
I know that in other music fan experiments, the testing usually takes place in a controlled laboratory at Harvard or some other scientific location. And during those experiments trained researches hook up MRI and other brainwave and heart-reading machines to monitor the impact of the music on the fan’s mind and heart.
But what if we were able to hook up a MRI machine to Rihanna and the lapped-danced fan. Would they show the same results as if in a closed laboratory?
Would we be amazed if we could get a real-time MRI glimpse at the heart and mind of Rihanna and this fan as these moments were unfolding?
What would we learn and discover about the real-time emotions of concert fan and artist if we could see such a thing live during a concert projected on a screen for everyone to see?
We’ll continue to keep an eye on the rest of Rihanna’s tour to see what else happens and see if another version of Rihanna is revealed.
Step Up To The Mic
Were you at any of these Rihanna shows? Have you seen her live before? We invite you to share your concert experiences in the comments below, so they can be included in a future episode of Live Fix Radio.