Cheap Trick Files $1 Million Lawsuit Against Canadian Music Festival

Cheap Trick have filed a $1 million lawsuit against the Ottawa Bluesfest for the stage collapse in 2011 that nearly killed the band.

The band has accused fest's organizers of "putting economic considerations over safety" at the site's main stage, which buckled during a storm. The band is seeking compensation from the companies who built the stage, sound and lighting rigs.

Cheap Trick are seeking $400,000 to repair and replace musical equipment, including guitars, amplifiers and drums, plus $600,000 for special damages that includes interim replacement equipment, labor, travel and services.

The festival's organizers allegedly failed to monitor weather conditions, and the band claims that the stability of the stage was never checked, reports the Guardian. They also argue that event staff were not properly prepared to handle an emergency.

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