Thursday, July 11, 2013

Cheap Trick sues Canadian music festival for $1 million

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Cheap Trick is suing the Ottawa Bluesfest for $1 million for a 2011 stage collapse that nearly killed the band. The site's main stage buckled during a storm, and the band accuses the festival of "putting economic considerations over safety."

The band claims that organizers didn't monitor weather conditions or check the stability of the stage, which collapsed under 73-mph wind gusts, according to The Guardian. The band and crew made it off the stage safely, but three people were hospitalized. One those, roadie Sandy Sanderson, filed his own suit against the festival for gross negligence.

Cheap Trick is seeking $400,000 to repair and replace musical equipment and $600,000 for special damages. The band also is suing the companies that built the stage, sound and lighting rigs.

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