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Ottawa Bluesfest Ends In Disaster [VIDEO]

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Cheap Trick’s manager recounts as the Ottawa Bluesfest ended in disaster when a thunderstorm blew the stage apart.

Mommy’s alright, daddy’s alright and thankfully, no one was killed when a storm blew in to the Ottawa Bluesfest over the weekend and tore the stage to shreds. Band Manager Dave Frey says Cheap Trick had been on stage for about 20 minutes Sunday when the storm hit. The group ran off stage just seconds before a wind gust flipped the stage backward and it collapsed, finally ending up in pieces.

Frey said in an interview with Rolling Stone Magazine that the band feels lucky to be alive and they are thankful that no one was killed, though one person did break their leg in the melee. Cheap Trick has also reached out to their fans via their Facebook page and are sending their best wishes to everyone involved.

Bluesfest organizer Mark Monahan calls it a “freak situation” and authorities are investigating what, aside from the storm caused the stage to fall apart.

Cheap Trick did decide to continue on with their tour. The only problem now is finding a guitar that looks like Rick Nielsen for their upcoming gigs.

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