Garth Brooks Fan Suffers Facial Injuries After Pole Falls at Nashville Concert

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Garth Brooks performs onstage at the 51st annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Nov. 8, 2017 in Nashville, Tenn.

A metal pole used to help release balloons during a mid-concert celebration fell and struck Jean Ann Crenshaw, fracturing her nose and cutting her face.

A 47-year-old Louisville, Ky., resident didn't miss the pain, but she did miss "The Dance."

Jean Ann Crenshaw, who journeyed to Nashville with four friends for the Dec. 9 opening show in Garth Brooks' seven-concert stand in Nashville, suffered a fractured nose and facial lacerations after a crew member apparently dropped a metal pole from the Bridgestone Arena roof into the floor seats while Trisha Yearwood was onstage. One of Crenshaw's wounds, which required five stitches, came within half an inch of piercing her eye, doctors at Vanderbilt Medical Center told her.

Brooks' team and arena executives were still trying to assess the incident on the afternoon of Dec. 11.

The pole fell after Yearwood hosted a surprise mid-concert confetti-and-balloon celebration onstage for Brooks and songwriter Mitch Rossell, recognizing Brooks' No. 1 Country Airplay single "Ask Me How I Know." When balloons failed to drop over the first 25 rows, a crew member could be seen poking at the netting with a pole. After Yearwood announced they should let it go, the audience turned its attention back to the stage. Minutes later, the balloons fell, and so did the pole. Crenshaw never saw it coming. Arena senior vp booking David Kells indicated that no arena employees were on the catwalk at that time.

The incident marred an otherwise celebratory show for Crenshaw, her friends and even strangers in nearby seats who saw her whisked away, bleeding profusely. Where many artists grow weary of their catalog, Brooks fully embraced "the old stuff," as he calls it, and delivered a high-energy set of mostly two-decade-old material filled with extreme characters and dramatic storylines. The seven-show booking represents the finale of a three-year comeback tour that is being hailed as the most successful concert run in history, with a reported 6.4 million tickets sold.

Representatives for both the arena and Brooks exchanged phone numbers with Crenshaw before she was taken to Vanderbilt and promised they would be in touch. On Dec. 11, she secured an attorney.


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