Last Friday, electro-pop duo OMD played a show at Stubbs in Austin during SXSW in which a camera boom fell into the crowd. Four people were injured, but after the band was told the injuries were minor, the band went onstage to play a shortened set.
Today, OMD lead singer Andy McCluskey released a statement regarding the incident.
“Once we realized what had actually happened, and that there we people
who needed medical treatment, it was obvious that we could not start
playing. I guess that if there was any 'luck' involved . . . it was the
fact that the camera crane fell before we actually started. . . . It would
have been much more confusing and slower to resolve if we were into
the set. I expected the concert to be canceled. We just waited to see
if the injured were going to be okay. (I hear that they are okay.)
the police said it was fine to play, we decided that we should at least
do something for those who had paid money and waited until 1.30 a.m.
Even though the 2 a.m. curfew would not be pushed back! It felt rather
weird at the beginning, but slowly, the band and audience started to
re-connect. it was actually a great seven-song set! And an even greater
relief that no one is permanently hurt!”
OMD's tour supporting History of Modern will hit Southern California on Friday, March 25 and Tuesday, March 29 at the Music Box in LA and on Sunday, March 27 at 4th & B in San Diego.