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One dead after stage collapses moments before Kevin Costner and band Modern West to play

Sunday, August 2nd 2009, 9:33 AM

Kevin Costner and his country band Modern West were about to take the stage at a Canadian music festival when it collapsed, killing one and injuring up to 40.

Thousands were camped out at the Big Valley Jamboree in Camrose, southeast of Edmonton, when a fierce storm hit about 6 p.m. on Saturday.

"We were all racing for the exit," said fan Lori Trelenberg. "It was devastation. It was strong and powerful. The stage just sort of crumbled."

The Nashville-based Billy Currington band was on the stage when the strong winds and torrential rain sent fans screaming for cover.

One band member was pulled from the wreckage with a badly injured arm.

Costner's group was slated to perform next when the storm swept in. The movie star was not hurt and went to the hospital to comfort others, reports said.

Vancouver-based country music singer Jessie Ferrel said it was a terrifying experience.

"It felt like bombs were going off around us in this concrete and steel building. Huge hits of power hitting the building, and then the lights were off," she told CTV News.



-- Edited by Tommy on Tuesday 4th of August 2009 04:59:49 PM

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That's awful!

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heres a picture of collapse,that had to be one hell of a storm.

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Currington escapes injury in Canadian stage collapse


Rick Lott
rlott@effinghamherald.net
Updated: Aug. 3, 2009

Billy Currington, country music star from Effingham County, and his band narrowly missed tragedy Saturday when a ferocious storm toppled the main stage at the Big Valley Country Music Jamboree in Alberta, Canada.

Currington and his band were performing and into their final number when the show’s producers ran onto the stage, waving their arms and shouting to shut everything down. Currington was reported to have said, “We’ll see you all later,” strumming one final note.

One of Currington’s band members was not as lucky as his arm was broken in the incident. Reports said that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said there were unconfirmed reports that a tornado had touched down in the area. Rain and high winds pounded the area for over an hour, killing one and injuring up to 75 others. Twenty-one people were sent to an area hospital with at least two in critical condition.

The next act due on stage was actor Kevin Costner and his band, Modern West. Costner and his manager were briefly trapped underneath the stage but neither was hurt. Over 15,000 attended what is considered Canada’s largest country music festival.

Currington was raised in Rincon and auditioned at Opryland USA as a junior in high school but had to make it the hard way, playing in clubs in Georgia and Tennessee. His self-titled album with the hit single, “Walk A Little Straighter,” was released in 2003. In 2004 he appeared in a music video for his duet with Shania Twain on “Party for Two.”

http://www.effinghamherald.net/news/article/8029/



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