TOOL Fans Crushed At San Diego Concert - Aug. 7, 2006
According to The San Diego Union-Tribune
, at least 15 people were injured when thousands of rock fans surged forward at a San Diego performance by TOOL
The Los Angeles band was the headliner Saturday night at the Street Scene 2006
music festival in the parking lot of the Qualcomm Stadium, the newspaper reported Sunday.
There were few details on the incident, but witnesses reported seeing a stream of fans being carried out on stretchers.
"We've had quite a few injuries," said San Diego fire Battalion Chief Chris Brainard
, shortly before midnight. "We have probably 15 patients transferred to area hospitals and we're still making determinations on (the condition of) others." Brainard
attributed the injuries to the thousands of fans packed near the front of Street Scene
's Zaranda Stage, where TOOL
began its performance at 10:36 Saturday night.
The crush of fans grew so great that midway through the band's second song, lead singer Maynard James Keenan
stopped singing and said: "Step back so you don't get trampled. It's just rock." Keenan
repeatedly implored the crowd to step back, even before a uniformed city official conferred with him on stage.
"If you all take a few steps back we can keep playing," Keenan
told the audience at 10:52. The crowd moved back.
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