When Cory Barron died, his Jason Aldean concert ticket was in his pocket.
says so much about the environment at country shows these days. I wish it didn't, but it does.
Barron's body was found in a landfill on July 22
after attending Aldean's July 18 concert at Progressive Field in Cleveland. Sadly, his tragic death isn't the only news surrounding
country concerts this summer.
Keith Urban's Saturday night (July 26) concert near
Boston resulted in a steady stream of ambulances from five different communities showing
up to take 22 people to the hospital. Police also reported that more than 50 people were taken into protective custody.
concert -- Luke Bryan's June show in Pittsburgh -- made the news because the city was so
furious about the trash the fans created. The city had to pay an additional $2,000 to have the trash removed and the public
areas cleaned. Plus, that show resulted in 100 medical calls, 34 people taken to hospitals, 15 fights, 10 citations for public
urination and six citations for disorderly conduct.
Nights like that have apparently become the new normal.
easy to look back on a night when there is excessive drinking at a show and know exactly what could have prevented the accident.
might blame the venue. You might blame the promoter. You might blame the headliner, the cops, the lack of cops, the buddy
system, the liquor store that fueled the tailgating or even the concession stands at the venues that kept serving alcohol.
no matter who you blame, country concerts are attracting bigger crowds than ever and a younger audience, too. With that comes
a greater level of personal responsibility and the need to take care of others.
Barron's death is still
under investigation, but there are some undeniable facts from several news sources. Law officers have confirmed where
Barron had been sitting (in the upper deck in the northwest corner of the stadium), where he fell five stories into a garbage
chute (near the restrooms and the elevator) and that a police report quoted a friend who described him as extremely
Even Aldean, who knew nothing of Barron's disappearance that night, had a heavy heart when he learned
He tweeted about Barron right away, saying, "My sincere condolences go out to Cory Barron's family and friends.
My heart is heavy for you all, and you are in my thoughts and prayers."
Barron was 22 and had just graduated from Bowling
Green State University. He was at Aldean's concert with friends and family and went to go see friends in another section of
His funeral is Monday (July 28).