August 2nd, 2009
10:56 PM ET
Kevin Costner on the stage collapse in Alberta
Kevin Costner has issued a statement regarding Saturday night's fatal stage collapse at the Big Valley Jamboree in Camrose, Alberta, Canada. Before the actor/musician was able to perform with his band, Modern West, a wild storm kicked up, causing the stage to sway violently, then collapse. One person was killed; as many as 75 others were injured. In a statement released through his publicist, Costner said, "We are so saddened by the loss of life and injury that occurred on a day that carried so much promise, but turned so wicked so quickly. We hope to return to Alberta in the future to help with the healing."
While Costner was not on stage at the time of the incident, rising country star Billy Currington was in the midst of his set. Before his tour manager could drag him to safety, the stage gave way. Currington suffered a mild concussion, as well as scrapes and bruises. His bass guitarist, Alex Stevens, was trapped under the debris, which crushed his arm. Stevens underwent surgery Saturday night and was expected to be released from the hospital today. Currington was released this morning. Headliner Gary Allan was not yet at on-site. Promoters have cancelled the remainder of the Jamboree, which would have featured Tim McGraw closing out the final installment of the four-day country music celebration.
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