Monday, September 1, 2003 @ 11:54 AM
Poison's Stage and Gear Destro
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
POISON'S STAGE AND GEAR DESTROYED BY FIRE, HOWEVER THE SHOW WILL GO ON
At approximately 3:00 A.M. (CST) [August 30, 2003] one of Poison's transport trucks was disabled due to a fire beginning at the rear axel. Attempts were made by both the driver and the crew to extinguish the flames to no avail. Those attempts were halted after it was determined that there was pyro on the truck and it was more important to clear the immediate area and wait for local fire assistance for the safety of the crew and general public.
The truck quickly became engulfed in flames, as the entire entourage
watched from a distance. The highway was closed down while emergency
teams battled the flames. Had it have not been for the quick response of the Scott County Sheriff's department, Iowa State Highway Patrol and the Durant Fire Department, the band would have certainly lost everything in the truck.
The band lost their stage, sound system, several instruments and
multiple other items. The full effect will not be known until the band
and crew can go through the salvage truck and fully inspect all
remaining gear upon their arrival in Nashville, September 1st.
The band [performed last night] at DTE Energy Center in Detroit as
scheduled. Despite the loss that they have encountered they will offer
a raw and high energy performance show as their fans have come to
The band will also finish their tour as planned with no shows being
missed due to this incident.
The band thanks their fans for their understanding and continued
support, especially under these circumstances.