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Paris Shooting Is the Deadliest Concert Shooting Ever: A Timeline of Concert Tragedies
In light of this developing story, we remember some of music's previous heart-wrenching incidents caused by fire, stampeding fans, violence and more. Here are 10 other concert tragedies.
The Altamont Speedway Free Festival, Dec. 6, 1969
Altamont was supposed to be a "Woodstock West" but instead the Rolling Stones, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and Jefferson Airplane-featuring festival was plagued by violence. With members of the Hells Angels motorcycle club running security, one man was stabbed to death, while another three died accidental deals -- two by a hit-and-run car accident and one by drowning in an irrigation canal.
The Who concert disaster, Dec. 3, 1979
Eleven were killed by asphyxiation before a Who concert at Cincinnati's Riverfront Coliseum due to trampling. Fans had grown agitated before the sold out general admission event when the arena's doors did not open at the scheduled time and when surged when some were eventually opened. The city of Cincinnati imposed a ban on unassigned seating, with minor exceptions, for the next 25 years.
Roskilde Festival, June 30, 2000
Nine people died and another 26 were injured during Pearl Jam's concert at the Danish festival in 2000, crushed when the crowd rushed toward the stage. Heavy rainfall and crowd surfing were believed to have been among the precipitating factors -- causing the ban of crowd surfing at many European festivals following.
The Station nightclub fire, Feb. 20, 2003
Pyrotechnics set off during a set by hard rock band Great White in West Warwick, R.I., ignited flammable sound insulation foam in the walls and ceilings and engulfed the club in flames in about five minutes. Smoke, heat and stampeding people killed 100 and injured 230 in the fourth-deadliest nightclub fire in U.S. history.
Dimebag Darrell shooting, Dec. 8, 2004
Pantera-founding member Darrell Lance Abbott aka Dimebag Darrell was shot and killed onstage during a performance with his band Damageplan at the Alrosa Villa in Columbus, Ohio, just moments into the show. Four were killed in all by the gunman, a 25-year-old former marine, including the band's head of security Jeff "Mayhem" Thompson and Alrosa Villa employee Erin Halk, who were killed tackling the shooter, and audience member Nathan Bray, who was killed while attempting CPR on Abbott and Thompson.
Sugarland Indiana State Fair stage collapse, Aug. 13, 2011
While the members of Sugarland were in their tour bus preparing to perform at the 2011 Indiana State Fair, a wind gust from an approaching severe thunderstorm hit the stage's temporary roof structure and caused the stage to collapse. The structure landed on the crowd waiting for the show and killed seven, injuring 58. An investigation found structural insufficiencies to blame for the incident.
Pukkelpop Festival, Aug. 18, 2011
During the opening day of the Pukkelpop Festival in Belgium, torrential rain and strong winds knocked over several concert tents, uprooted trees and toppled light towers and video screens. Shortly after Smith Westerns began performing, their stage collapsed and five were killed with at least 140 injured.
K-pop ventilation grate collapse, Oct. 17, 2014
Sixteen people were killed watching an outdoor concert by girl group 4Minute in Seongnam, South Korea, after falling 20 meters to their deaths when a ventilation grate they were standing on collapsed. Eleven others were seriously injured in the incident.
Romanian nightclub fire, Oct. 30, 2015
Last month a heavy metal band's pyrotechnical show sparked a deadly fire at a nightclub in Bucharest, Romania, killing 51 and injuring more. The fire was sparked by pyrotechnics, igniting foam decor. The performing heavy metal band Goodbye to Gravity's drummer, bassist and two guitarists were all killed.