Cheap Trick escape as Ottawa rock stage collapses

Mon Jul 18, 2011 11:29am EDT
 
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OTTAWA (Reuters) - Veteran U.S. band Cheap Trick escaped unharmed when a storm blew down much of the stage they were performing on at a major rock concert in Ottawa, Canada, late on Sunday.

The band were about 20 minutes into their set at the Ottawa Bluesfest when the storm suddenly swept over the area. The band left the stage seconds before a particularly strong gust destroyed most of the structure, pushing it back onto an adjacent road and away from the thousands of spectators.

Three people were injured, including the band's bus driver. Police are investigating the incident, which happened on the event's last night.

"Fortunately the band and crew are all lucky to be alive and we'll see you down the road," lead vocalist Robin Zander said on the band's website.

Ottawa mayor Jim Watson, who was present at the event, said he did not feel organizers could have prepared for the strength of the storm.

"It's Mother Nature, really, and there are certain things you just can't plan for ... we're very fortunate there was no one killed," he told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. on Monday.

(Reporting by David Ljunggren; Editing by Jerry Norton)

 
<p>Rock guitarist Slash (L) and Robin Zander of Cheap Trick perform at the MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert in Hollywood, California May 9, 2008. REUTERS/Fred Prouser</p>