Sugarland Saved By Tour Manager's Decision, Lady A Cancels Fair Appearance
Fund Set Up For Victims
August 16, 2011 at 6:32 AM (PT)
The TENNESSEAN is reporting that tour manager HELLEN ROLLENS may have saved MERCURY/NASHVILLE duo SUGARLAND’s lives by keeping them off stage before the stage collapse at the INDIANA STATE FAIR which tragically killed five on SATURDAY, AUGUST 13th (NET NEWS 8/14).
SUGARLAND’s manager GAIL GELLMAN said that while others felt it was safe to go on stage ROLLENS acted on her intuition.
"As a tour manager, it's super important to understand what the weather conditions are when you play outside. We've always talked about not putting the band on during wind, lightning or heavy rain," said GELLMAN, who was not with the band that night. "Everybody was standing in a prayer circle getting ready to go onstage, and HELLEN, as she was walking down the ramp, the stage fell. So her decision to hold them for literally a minute saved every band member and crew's life."
SUGARLAND’s elaborate set for their "Incredible Machine" tour was destroyed in the collapse. They canceled their SUNDAY (8/14) show at the IOWA STATE FAIR, but are hoping to perform as scheduled in ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. on THURSDAY (8/18).
Following the events at the INDIANA STATE FAIR, CAPITOL NASHVILLE act LADY ANTEBELLUM has canceled their performance there, which was set to take place on FRIDAY, AUGUST 19th. The concert has not currently been rescheduled.
LADY ANTEBELLUM gave a statement to CMT saying, “We were so sad to hear what happened and have kept the families of those injured and especially those that lost their lives in our prayers.”
Finally, a fund has been established for the families of the victims and the families of the injured in the tragedy. EMMIS Country WLHK/INDIANAPLOLIS OM/PD BOB RICHARDS tells ALL ACCESS that those who would like to donate can do so by visiting www.cicf.org. RICHARDS said that the proceeds will be funneled directly to the families in need through the CENTRAL INDIANA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION.