Cheap Trick Cancel Vancouver Show Citing Safety Concerns
Cheap Trick have cancelled their scheduled Sept. 1 appearance at Vancouver's Pacific National Exhibition because the same staging company who were in charge during the band's ill-fated July 17 festival appearance in Ottawa was lined up to handle the future event.
"All potential alternatives have been explored by the band and promoter and were exhausted," the band said on their official site, "leaving Cheap Trick with no other option than to cancel their Sept. 1 engagement at the PNE. Unless current investigations prove otherwise, the band will not, as a matter of principle, but more importantly, as a matter of safety, appear on a Berger stage in the future."
Oh man, is someone in Berger's P.R. department probably having a lousy day because of that quote. It's hard to blame Cheap Trick for being careful. Looking at the video of the stage collapse back in July, it seems fortunate more people weren't hurt, and the band's gear was reportedly a total loss after the incident.
The rest of Cheap Trick's tour schedule continues unimpeded, and fans across the country will be able to watch guitarist Rick Nielsen on their televisions Oct. 15 when he appears as a guest on VH1's 'That Metal Show.'
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