Cheap Trick escapes disaster after frightening stage collapse


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The members of Cheap Trick escaped serious injury, but a member of their entourage was hospitalized after the stage at the Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest collapsed Sunday night.

Marc Messier, a spokesman for Ottawa Fire Services, told the Associated Press that a 49-year-old man was in serious condition with abdominal, pelvic and leg injuries. Another had a spinal injury and a third person experienced chest pains. At least eight other people were treated at the scene for minor issues including twisted ankles and anxiety.

According to a statement on the band’s website: “Severe weather hit the stage as Cheap Trick was performing at the Ottawa Bluesfest tonight. The stage blew down and collapsed. Everyone is shaken up but band and crew are all fine. Cheap Trick hopes that everyone who attended the show is also ok. Robin says ‘Fortunately the band and crew are all lucky to be alive and we’ll see you down the road. And all the best to our truck driver Sandy.’ ”

The band’s manager, Dave Frey, later told CNN that “one of our drivers will spend the night in the hospital, and though we’re not sure how, Cheap Trick are grateful and happy to say that everyone, including all the concert goers, are okay.” Watch a fan-recorded clip of the collapse below.


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  • Pee Uh

    Please take it as a sign that you are over and done Cheap Trick.

    • abadstroller

      Geez, have some sensitivity, Pee Uh. Oh, BTW, YOU’RE over…. Good thoughts and wishes to the band and all of the people who were endangered when the stage fell. I’m glad that most everyone got away safely. I hope the injured man gets better soon.

    • JoeR

      If you are still making music that is treasured, even if not by the millions who once did, still enjoy performing, and, truly fortunately, still able to pay your bills through doing what you love, then, no, your career is not over.

    • jp

      Pee Uh is just bitter that Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez weren’t mentioned in this article.

  • dartwoman63

    I heard this story last night on our evening news and I was wondering why Cheap Trick was playing at a Bluesfest.

    • Sandra

      Because the blues don’t pay the bills. The Bluesfest here in Ottawa hasn’t catered to the blues music market in a very long time – hence all the Cheap Trick, Death Cab, Cancer Bats (seriously), Black Eyed Peas…

      • Charles does not surf

        If those are the only acts you take in, then of course. The bigger draws allow for a fairly eclectic line-up, so to carp on not enough blues at Bluesfest means you are probably just parked at the main stage and avoiding the other 4-5 stages.

  • CTFan

    Pee Uh,

    Have you ever seen Cheap Trick play live? They are still coming out with some great albums, and their live shows are still incredible.

    • dee dee1

      Exactly, they are such a great band. Live, even better. Still lovin them!

  • Esox

    Agreed! My fav’rit band. Don’t dis The Trick! R&R Hall of Fame here we come!

  • Philip Piggott

    I was there, just a few metres from the stage. My friend had even caught a guitar pick that Rick Nielsen had thrown into the crowd. It was terrifying when the stage started to collapse, and I honestly thought that I had just seen Cheap Trick crushed to death before my eyes.

  • Roger

    Your momma’s allright, your daddy’s allright….but I’m just a little bit bruised!!

  • L&M

    I cannot understand the need for negative comments. Different music for different folk… Cheap Trick has had a large influence on many people, but non-the-less, the story is that it is reported that all made it thru this potential tragedy – could have been terrible. Best Wishes…

  • DJ

    Anybody who can’t see that Cheap Trick are the single GREATEST american rock band ever is woefully ignorant about Rock and Roll. Cheap Trick have toured more than any other band the last 30 years with over 5,000 shows performed. Name another band that can claim this. Cheap Trick at Budokan is the #1 live album of all-time and there is nothing anybody can do about it. Have I made myself clear? LONG LIVE TRICK!

  • Samantha

    I just saw them Thursday night in Oshkosh Wisconsin. Glad they are all alright!!

  • Bebe


    I’m a huge Cheap Trick fan, but I have to question DJ’s assertion that “Budokan” is the #1 live album of all time. Doesn’t “Frampton Comes Alive” hold that honor?

  • Ernest Bert

    Does that make it a cheap stage or a trick stage?

  • kamran

    I was just surfing on the internet and found your blog post …i wonder if the management was drunk while selling tickets more than capacity

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