Rockers CHEAP TRICK are scrambling to get replacement equipment for an upcoming show in Buffalo, New York after guitars, drums and effects were destroyed by storms at a festival on Sunday (17Jul11).
The group narrowly escaped serious injury after the main stage at the Bluesfest in Ontario, Canada was rocked by a severe storm and collapsed during their show.
Frontman Robin Zander and his bandmates abandoned their set minutes later, just before a massive canopy covering the stage crashed down.
The storm didn't let up and the event was shut down.
Headlining bands on all the stages could only stand and watch the wind and rain lash their equipment - and Cheap Trick were among the worst-hit acts.
Manager Dave Frey tells RollingStone.com, "I was actually on stage behind the drummer and I was taking a few pictures right before it happened. The air was still and it was humid and then out of nowhere, this wind hit that was just huge. The local news sources are saying 96 miles per hour, another one said like a hundred and something.
"It just blew everything back, cymbals are flying and everything. And we're just like, 'Get off the stage!' and then I heard the rivets in the truss just starting to pop. It was like the Titanic or something, and it just started coming down, the roof fell. It hit our truck, which was parked behind the stage and that kept it about five feet off of the deck, and that gave us room to run. We were running as fast as we could."
Frey reveals the band members were uninjured but their driver sustained an injury to his abdomen and a cracked femur.
And now they're scrambling to find replacement equipment for a concert on Tuesday (19Jul11).
The manager adds, "The gear is crushed and it's soaked, and it's part of an investigation with the police department, the fire department and the Ministry of Labor here. We're trying to get gear set up for our show tomorrow in Buffalo."
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