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Cheap Trick Manager: 'I Can't Believe We're Alive' - Band narrowly avoided death in stage collapse
Rolling Stone ^ | July 18, 2011 | Matthew Perpetua

Posted on 07/18/2011 12:23:23 PM PDT by a fool in paradise

Less than a day after surviving a stage collapse at the Ottawa Bluesfest in Ontario, Canada, the members of Cheap Trick and their manager Dave Frey are feeling glad to be alive. "We are so thankful," Frey tells Rolling Stone.

According to Frey, the sudden windstorm that brought down the main stage at the festival came as a surprise. "They said that we should be looking out for a storm but it wasn't really that apparent," he says. "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. BAP! BAP! BAP! BAP! BAP! It was like the Titanic or something, and it just started coming down, the roof fell," he recalls. "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."

As can be seen in some photos and footage from the scene, the audience was in a state of panic. "It was complete pandemonium," says Frey. "It's so unbelievable that with everything that happened, with the crowd, tents flying away and debris flying, with everything going on, there were less than a dozen people at the hospital with mostly minor injuries."

Though Frey and the members of Cheap Trick emerged from the collapse more or less unscathed, their truck driver sustained an injury to his abdomen and a cracked femur, and they lost all of their equipment. "Everything is gone. 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," Frey says. "We're trying to get gear set up for our show tomorrow in Buffalo. Do you know where we can rent a five-neck guitar?"


TOPICS: Music/Entertainment; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: cheaptrick; music; rock; rockandroll
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1 posted on 07/18/2011 12:23:30 PM PDT by a fool in paradise
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To: 537cant be wrong; Aeronaut; ├čudda├čudd; bassmaner; Bella_Bru; Big Guy and Rusty 99; Brian Allen; ..

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“We’re trying to get gear set up for our show tomorrow in Buffalo. Do you know where we can rent a five-neck guitar?”


2 posted on 07/18/2011 12:26:09 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The liberal press applauded when the NY Times hacked Newt Gingrich's phone calls.)
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To: a fool in paradise

The real news here is that Cheap Trick is still getting festival bookings.


3 posted on 07/18/2011 12:27:44 PM PDT by rogue yam
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4 posted on 07/18/2011 12:28:27 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: a fool in paradise

The New York State Thruway is closed man. :-)


5 posted on 07/18/2011 12:29:49 PM PDT by Invincibly Ignorant
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To: a fool in paradise

long time ago, I read that there was a drummer paralyzed by falling stage rigging...I think he was backing Paul Simon, but can’t say for sure. Was it in Central Park?


6 posted on 07/18/2011 12:32:56 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand ("America will cease to be great when America ceases to be good." -- Welcome to deToqueville.)
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To: Jet Jaguar

one of my favorite rock guitarists. I like is his style all - musical and stage.


7 posted on 07/18/2011 12:34:03 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand ("America will cease to be great when America ceases to be good." -- Welcome to deToqueville.)
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To: rogue yam

Don’t be Cruel man


8 posted on 07/18/2011 12:34:14 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: rogue yam

Don’t be Cruel man


9 posted on 07/18/2011 12:34:35 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: a fool in paradise
Maybe they should become the Moderately Expensive Trick in their old age?

-PJ

10 posted on 07/18/2011 12:34:55 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (Everyone's Irish on St. Patrick's Day, Mexican on Cinco de Mayo, and American on Election Day.)
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To: the invisib1e hand

Mine too,


11 posted on 07/18/2011 12:38:42 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: a fool in paradise

If I recall correctly, Cheap Trick is the “touringest” band ever. I’m pretty sure I read that they’ve performed more ‘live’ shows than any other band in the history of rock-n-roll.


12 posted on 07/18/2011 12:39:09 PM PDT by WayneS (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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To: WayneS

read something like that, too. remember thinking, “gawd but they work hard.”


13 posted on 07/18/2011 12:42:23 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand ("America will cease to be great when America ceases to be good." -- Welcome to deToqueville.)
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To: WayneS
If I recall correctly, Cheap Trick is the “touringest” band ever. I’m pretty sure I read that they’ve performed more ‘live’ shows than any other band in the history of rock-n-roll.

Well, Geritol isn't cheap.

14 posted on 07/18/2011 12:44:07 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: the invisib1e hand
one of my favorite rock guitarists. I like is his style all - musical and stage.

I had a chance encounter with him in a bar at O'Hare a number of years ago. He's also a really nice guy off stage.

15 posted on 07/18/2011 12:46:28 PM PDT by trad_anglican
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To: rogue yam

I saw them in Petaluma back in 2007, and then they played a benefit at our convention a couple of years later. They put on a great show.


16 posted on 07/18/2011 12:46:35 PM PDT by stratman1969 (Run, Sarah, Run - 2012!)
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To: a fool in paradise

The first rock-n-roll concert I ever attended was a Cheap Trick show in 1978.


17 posted on 07/18/2011 12:48:16 PM PDT by WayneS (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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To: trad_anglican
OK, I'll be the first: not my fave, and not strictly Cheap Trick, but an awesome tune and an awesome prop to Rick Nielsen.
18 posted on 07/18/2011 12:51:36 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand ("America will cease to be great when America ceases to be good." -- Welcome to deToqueville.)
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To: Invincibly Ignorant

Why is it closed?


19 posted on 07/18/2011 12:52:16 PM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: a fool in paradise

I’ll never forget walking into a bar in August 1974 in Madison Wisconsin and they were playing (for free). I remember
thinking to myself - “Hey these guys really suck”. I remember the keyboard dude playing keyboards on the back of some other band member and thinking “wow - that’s lame”. Flash forward a few years and it turns out they’re rock and roll superstars. But my initial assessment still stands :)


20 posted on 07/18/2011 12:52:27 PM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten (Welcome to the USA - where every day is Backwards Day!)
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