Madonna’s Stage Collapses in France, One Dead
The elaborate stage for Madonna’s “Sweet and Sour” tour collapsed while being set up in Marseilles, France, killing a 53-year-old French man and injuring six more, world wide news agencies reported Thursday morning.
The show was schedule to happen Saturday, July 19 at the Velodrome Stadium but has now been canceled. It was to be the first of several shows at the arena that also is the home of the Olympique Marseilles soccer team.
Of the six people injured, two are in critical condition, one British and one American, according to CNN, though their identities were not revealed.
While it was too soon to tell exactly what caused the accident Marseilles city councilor Maurice Di Nocera told the BBC that the frame “started shaking and collapsing.”
“Fortunately, it didn’t collapse too quickly, as there would have been quite a few victims,” he added. The accident occurred around 5:15 p.m. local time.
Madonna’s European tour kicked off on July 4 and has been playing thus far to sold out houses. It has already drawn plenty of press and controversy for the pop diva, as she’s been singing some Michael Jackson tribute songs and also because her Warsaw Poland concert is scheduled on a Catholic holiday.