Stage Rigger Suing Live Nation Over Injury During Drake & Future Tour: Report
The complaint stems from the rappers' joint Summer Sixteen in 2016.
A stage rigger and carpenter for Drake and Future’s Summer Sixteen tour is suing the production company he worked for and Live Nation, which promoted the 2016 tour. Julian Aguirre is suing the two entities after he says he fell off the stage that he had warned others was no completed.
According to The Blast, Aguirre said in court filings that he was severely injured on Sept. 24, 2016 when he was asked to install a new “header” to replace a piece in the “top set” of Drake’s stage. Aguirre claims he recognized “that the header did not look finished, as it was missing tabs used to lock it in place” at the SAP Center stop in San Jose, Calif.
Aguirre says he tried to warn his employers that about the potential danger of the situation, but “was told, ‘Shut up and put the piece in.’”
The suit goes on to say that Aguirre attempted to make the piece work by installing a C clamp for extra safety, but as he was locking the header into place it slipped out from under him. As a result, Aguirre fell roughly eight feet and landed on his back and head.
The carpenter claims he suffered orthopedic, neurological, internal, emotional and other injuries and is suing the production company and Live Nation for unspecified damages.
Billboard reached out to Live Nation who said they do not comment on pending litigation.
Neither Drake not Future are named as defendants in the suit.
Drake and Future’s joint North American Summer Sixteen tour hit 54 dates between June 20, 2016 and Oct. 8, 2016. The tour was cut short due to an ankle injury that Drake sustained, but it still ended as one of the most successful hip-hop tours.
Drake is no stranger to production issues. This year, Drake and Migos have postponed their joint Aubrey & the Three Amigos tour twice due to production delays.