Cheap Trick File $1 Million Lawsuit Over Stage Collapse
7/10/2013 2:29:00 PM
Band accuses festival of putting 'economic considerations over safety'
Cheap Trick have filed a $1 million lawsuit against the Ottawa Bluesfest over a stage collapse during their 2011 performance at the Canadian festival which, they say, nearly killed the band.
The band’s touring company is seeking $400,000 for the repair and replacement of their damaged equipment, including guitars and amplifiers. They are also seeking $600,000 for special damages, which includes interim replacement, labour, and travel expenses.
The statement of claim alleges that Bluesfest breached its contract with the band by failing to provide a stage that is “absolutely level, solid, and secure” at all times.
On July 17, 2011, Cheap Trick were performing when wind gusts of 72 mph toppled the Bluesfest main stage, according to a Ministry of Labour report on the incident. The band narrowly escaped injury as the stage fell apart.
The ministry investigation concluded that the crucial factor in the collapse was the failure to remove side and rear wind walls of the staging when the wind exceeded 50 mph. The stage was designed to withstand winds of up to 75 mph when the side and rear wind walls were removed, according to the ministry report.
Here is a spectator video of the collapse.