Crowd Injuries Halt Eminem Festival Performance
Police had to temporarily stop an Eminem performance Saturday in Glasgow, Scotland, after 45 people were injured when the audience surged forward as the rapper came on stage. None of the injuries werePolice had to temporarily stop an Eminem performance Saturday in Glasgow, Scotland, after 45 people were injured when the audience surged forward as the rapper came on stage. None of the injuries were serious. Police said 11 people were taken to local hospitals and released after treatment. The others were treated at first aid tents set up around the outdoor concert site.
Eminem, who was asked by police to stay backstage until the injured people were removed from the crowd, was allowed to continued his show at Glasgow's Gig on the Green festival after a 30-minute break. "Eminem and his band did all they could to help the situation and we are grateful for his support," said a spokesman for Strathclyde police.
Some 30,000 people attended the first day of the two-day rock festival, which was also targeted by protesters Saturday. Religious groups said they were protesting against what they called the "anti-Christian message" in shows by the Detroit rapper Eminem and Marilyn Manson. Other acts on the festival's bill included Papa Roach, Iggy Pop, Green Day, Mercury Rev, and Travis.
A similar situation at the Roskilde Festival last summer in Denmark resulted in the deaths of nine concertgoers from a crowd crush during Pearl Jam's headline set. Another 30 people were hospitalized in that incident, which was deemed a tragic accident.
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