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Winds Tear Down Frampton Yes Stage

A huge tent designed to withstand high winds was no match for a sudden storm that struck the Lucky Star Casino near Concho, Oklahoma Tuesday (7/6).  The tent and the stage in it  that Peter Frampton and Yes were scheduled to perform on that night were both destroyed in a matter of moments.  Six crew members suffered injuries in the collapsing structure.   A marketing manager for the company putting the stage together described the storm as containing a sudden downshear that brought the structure and stage down ' an instant.'  A veteran member of the crew working on the stage had already ordered others to evacuate the site when he noticed some people at the other end had not been able to hear him.  As he ran toward them, a large pole broke loose and swung violently in his direction.  He managed to push a woman out of harm's way but got hit by the pole himself, suffering a broken leg.


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