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Breaking News: Rocklahoma Side Stages Collapse

DSC02387.jpgPRYOR, Oklahoma - Two side stages collapse at Rocklahoma 2008 when a severe summer storm blasted the area. The Tulsa World reports one person sustained a broken arm.


The severe storm sent thousands of people to tents for cover, most seeking refuge in the "VIP" tent. Despite the storm, only concert attendees with wristbands were allowed into the VIP tent, perhaps the most sturdy structure at Rocklahoma. Strong wind gusts whipped through the area, peeling apart tent flaps, allowing rushing water into the area.

DSC02378.jpgThe Tri-Label and Retrospect Records stages both completely collapsed. Damage estimates are unknown.

Thousands of attendees trampled through standing water, uncertain of the evening's outcome. 

Update: concert has resumed as of 8:44 C.S.T.

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Reader Comments (42)

holy crap! glad to see you're safe!

July 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChessie
Omg this is terrible. I can't believe this, I feel really bad
....I hope everyone is ok, and they can continue on as soon as possible.
July 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenteraXe mAn
Jesus!!! Hope you all are safe!
July 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKenny Ozz
A storm in Oklahoma? No way.
July 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPoop
Mates !!!!!

Get your arses out of there and gat back to Pittsburgh....

We'll find somewhere for you to play.....



July 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRF Entertainment
allyson, I have some leads I will forward you, regarding a possibility of a defective stage. it would be great if you could do some investigative journalist on this, I cannot beleive the lives that would've been at risk, had their beens fans and bands on stage.
July 12, 2008 | Unregistered Commenternathalie
like i said earlier in another post...move this outa the swamp to a cool state like ohio or georgia tee-hee :)
July 13, 2008 | Unregistered Commentercrued
holy cow. Thats scary. For once, I'm glad I'm not there.
July 13, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterr0ck0n!
Leave it to the "highly trained" Hillbilly good ole' boys for a "professinal" production!!!! Who's bright idea was it to rig a GLAM ROCK festival in a cow pasture in Oklahoma anyways? Geeeze... If we ever have a non-biased Rock/Metal festival in Oklahoma PLEASE have it at the newly built Coliseum in Tulsa!!!!!

July 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMetallica Monster
My boyfriend is the Artist Relations Direction for Krank amps at this event, and he told me that more people were injured than everyone is reporting. He also said that the main stage was reopened but everything on the side stage was destroyed.
July 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMicaela
the lighting rig fell into the artist tent, which i heard was full of people, so I can only imagine that there are more injuries.
July 13, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterconcerned
That whole thing was crazy. I was actually in the tent by the retrospect stage when it happened. My brother and I noticed that something was going on with the stage so we moved to the far end. At that moment, we watched as the stage collapsed. It's just crazy knowing that a few seconds before, we were standing where the stage landed. I am really glad we were paying attention to that.
July 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSteffanMock
I have a lot friends there, and I am really hoping everyone is ok.
This is really scary! Please keep us posted back home,
July 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRicci
Is everybody o.k.?
July 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterIs Everybody o.k.?
Is everybody o.k.?
July 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSusan from SanDiego,Ca
Is everybody o.k.?
July 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSusan from SanDiego,Ca
And this was a small storm as far as the midwest goes. What the hell happens if a tornado ripes through Prior when this thing is going on??? STupid location. I was so set to go this year but had an emergency that kept me at home. So glad I wasn't there to witness this. If you want this thing to be centrally located then move the god damn thing to the north out of tornado alley before thousands of people get killed cuz they were stranded in the middle of a fuckin' field!!!!!! Have it in Colorado. At least that's beautiful country. Unlike the shitty ass dangerous Oklahoma plains.

July 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAdam from Philly
First, I hope everyone that went that's usually here at BBG is safe and unharmed. Let's hope that the injuries that haven't been reported are minor and everyone is OK.

One of the reasons I didn't go was because of the location, it's too far from RI, but another was the weather. I spoke with my sister, who lived in OK a while back, and she mentioned that this wasn't the smartest place to put a rock show. Weather is always a factor but out there violent t-storms and tornadoes are very common.

I'll bet many of the bands won't be back for the fest next year if there is one. Again, I hope everyone is OK.

Heavy Metal Addiction
The good thing is everyone is ok.Regardless of location, this is a very cool event.The music continues on the main stage.Maybe the promoters and stage crew can learn from this,and make this a safer Adam mentioned above.."out if tornado alley" is the first step.
July 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJames H
I feel ashamed to be a local Oklahoman right now. Good God, this is a huge mess. I can't beleive they turned GA people away from the VIP tent! Holy crap, I knew they were Nazis, but that's a low blow! Geez
July 13, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterlepfan

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