Cheap Trick Survives Stage Collapse in Canada

Severe windstorm hit as they performed at Ottawa Bluesfest

July 18, 2011 9:30 AM ET
The stage collapsed from beneath Cheap Trick during a concert yesterday at the Ottawa Bluesfest
Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick stands in front of the stage that had collapsed from beneath Cheap Trick's concert at the Ottawa Bluesfest.
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The stage collapsed from beneath Cheap Trick during a concert yesterday at the Ottawa Bluesfest. A severe windstorm struck during the power pop group's set, resulting in the stage to fall apart just after they performed their hit single "I Want You to Want Me."

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No one in the band, crew or audience was seriously hurt, but the accident resulted in several minutes of sustained hysteria at the festival, with many concertgoers running and screaming in panic. You can see for yourself in this video, which captures ten seconds of the collapse and resulting terror. 

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