Stage Collapses Before Flaming Lips Gig in Oklahoma
Published Aug 08, 2011In what is turning out to be the summer's most horrifying concert trend, a windstorm toppled the outdoor stage at a Flaming Lips gig in Oklahoma over the weekend. The heavy rain and wind that hit the grounds at yesterday's (August 7) Brady District Block Party in Tulsa, OK caused a lighting rig to fall from the structure, forcing the band to cancel their set.
NewsOK [via Pitchfork] reports that the stage had luckily been evacuated as the storm was building up, so no one was actually injured in the accident. A roadie for the group said that $800,000 worth of equipment was damaged in the incident.
Lips leader Wayne Coyne explained that following the collapse, he and this team were trying to wrangle up as much equipment as they could.
"The Oklahoma wind and rain was a little bit more unpredictable than we had hoped, and we had a bad gust," he said. "The whole thing is shambolic and a bit dangerous, and we're working to get as much off of the stage before we get hit with the second wave."
Despite the professional statement, Coyne was deservedly a little more pissed when he went into tweet mode. "FUCK!!!! Wind and rain destroyed the stage !!!!!" he posted, along with a series of pics of the wreckage. That's the band's Steven Drozd with some of the destroyed gear in the photo above.
You can watch the wild windstorm in a video below.
The incident follows last month's stage collapse at the Ottawa Bluesfest.