Thunderstorm Wrecked Motley Crue's Gig at Sonisphere
Rockers Motley Crue were forced to cancel a concert at Finland's Sonisphere music festival on Sunday, August 8 when a severe thunderstorm damaged the band's equipment and injured dozens of fans.
An estimated 30,000 people attended the two-day event in southwestern Finland, where acts including Iron Maiden, Alice Cooper, Motley Crue and Iggy Pop were scheduled to play. But the music came to a premature halt when heavy storms rolled in, leaving 40 revellers injured and damaging sound equipment and the main stage.
Iggy Pop opted to play an acoustic set instead of using electric guitars, while Alice Cooper borrowed equipment from Slayer. Meanwhile, headliners Iron Maiden bravely took to the stage for the festival's closing set on Sunday evening despite the freak storms.
A statement from organisers reads: "A severe thunderstorm hit (the) Sonisphere Festival in Pori, Finland this afternoon at approximately 4pm (1300 GMT). Strong freak wind gusts damaged the stages and knocked down tents and fences. Approximately 40 people were injured, two of them seriously."
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