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How soon we forget about concert tragedies. Just months after seven people died when Sugarland‘s stage at the Indiana State Fair stage was blown over when high winds hit the grandstand area, country music fans were angry that an Eric Church show was canceled on Friday (June 1) for nearly the same exact reason. It was at the WYRK Taste of Country concert, and according to the Buffalo News , concertgoers were so furious, they were throwing chairs, bottles and cans onto the stage after the announcement was made.
The sponsoring radio station, WYRK, issued a very thorough explanation of all that went into the decision. “After careful consideration, and in light of what we saw as a significant safety threat to our audience, we moved as fast as we practically could to assess the risks of the situation — the result of which was that show producers, representatives of Eric Church and the venue jointly made the decision to suspend the show just before 11 p.m.,” the website says. And even Church issued a statement that he was bummed, too, and that, “I owe the city of Buffalo one, and I intend to make good on that.”
I understand being hugely disappointed. I once went all the way down to Louisiana to see a country concert. I waited all day in what felt like 150-degree heat. The singer came out and did two songs, then he got sick. It happens. You live. You learn. And you get over it. What would you have done in Buffalo? Would you have been relieved that the proper safety measures were being taken? Or pissed off that the show would not go on?