CHEAP TRICK, the American rock band from Illinois, claim they are "lucky to be alive" after the main stage at the Ottawa Bluesfest collapsed midway through their set on Sunday evening (17th July 2011) Cheap Trick were thrown off their feet and thousands of fans ran for cover as a severe thunderstorm brought down rigging and electronic equipment, reports the Associated Press.
Within minutes of the storm passing, a video of the incident began circulating online and fans posted pictures of the crumpled stage. The band, who managed to leave the stage safely, posted a message on Facebook that read, "Everyone is okay and we are so lucky to be alive and hope that all the fans are okay too". Leanne Wilson, a fan of the band and eyewitness said, "In less than 10 seconds it was gone.Cheap Trick were playing right until it fell. And then instantly everybody was just running and screaming. I was stunned, I'd never seen anything like that before at a concert". Winds had reached 56mph at the festival, regarded as one of North America's biggest musical events. The first festival took place in 1994 and has since developed into a multi-stage 12 day event. Ottawa Fire Services confirmed a 49-year-old man was in a serious condition with abdominal injuries, with another man experiencing spinal injuries and chest pains. At least eight other people were treated at the scene for a series of minor injuries.
Cheap Trick, best known for their hits 'Surrender', 'I Want You to Want Me' and 'The Flame', released their sixteenth studio album 'The Latest' in 2009.