Cheap Trick Sues Ottawa Festival Over 2011 Stage Collapse
By: AnnMarie Scaramuzzino

Nearly two years after a stage-collapse incident, Cheap Trick has decided to sue the Ottawa Bluesfest for a reported $1 million.

According to the Metro News, the “Surrender” rockers have filed suit against the festival for failing to provide a stage for that band that was “absolutely level, solid and secure at all times” during their 2011 performance. The band is reportedly asking for $400,000 to replace their equipment that was damaged during the mid-set collapse, as well as an additional $600,000 for “special damages,” which includes things like travel expenses.

In reaction to the suit, RBC Royal Bluesfest chief Mark Monahan stated that a 2012 Ministry of Labour investigation following the incident concluded that no one was to blame, as that day held unexpected wind storms, which ultimately lead to the stage’s collapse.

“It’s not for me to argue on different aspects of it. The report concluded it was a weather event, there were no charges to lay blame or finding people at fault,” Monahan said, via Metro News.

Also listed as defendants on the case are two Bluesfest contractors, as well as the companies Groupe Berger International, Mega State International and Project X Productions, Inc..

In addition to the suit from Cheap Trick, one of the band’s roadies is also suing Bluesfest. Truck driver Sandy Sanderson was allegedly injured on stage that day after being struck by an unspecified fixture, and filed a $100,000 lawsuit on May 28 to cover the damages.

Meanwhile, Cheap Trick is currently on tour, which hits Calgary, CA tonight (July 10) and continues through the end of September.

For more on this story, head to and visit Cheap Trick’s official website for more updates on the band.

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