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Concert fun - I hope

August 18, 2011 - Marguerite Lanthier
My big concert for the year is Labor Day weekend. Two nights of Pearl Jam at Alpine Valley Music Theatre, with several other acts in support. Tailgating, food, refreshments — what could be better? Although attending a concert is usually fun event, recent tragedies remind you that concerts aren’t always safe. Five died at a state fair in Indiana when the stage blew over just before Sugarland was to play. More recently a storm swept through a music festival in Belgium killing three people. There have been numerous deaths at concerts and festival throughout the years, some because of the crowd — some because the weather or equipment. Pearl Jam had a this sad experience at one of their concerts. In 2000, nine fans were suffocated to death at the Roskilde Festival in Denmark when the crowd rushed the stage. Haunted by the event, the band’s 2002 album “Riot Act,” contains the song “Arc,” a tribute the tragedy. Another song “Love Boat Captain,” also makes mention of it with the lyrics “Lost nine friends we'll never know... two years ago today.” I’ve been to Alpine many times for concerts and never had a problem, but you never know what can happen.



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