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Bigger, grander and more popular outdoor concerts amp up concerns about safety, regulation
CHICAGO (AP) ' When thunderstorms slammed New York's Central Park before a highly anticipated Black Eyed Peas concert, officials made the rare decision to call off the event.
Tens of thousands of fans were livid, but safety experts praise the decision for bucking the industry's aversion to such last-minute cancellations.
The multi-billion-dollar outdoor concert business has evolved from little more than shows under a canopied stage to productions featuring up to 20 tons of lighting and video equipment. And experts point to the Indiana State Fair's fatal stage collapse and several similar accidents as evidence of the need for more caution, and regulation.
Paul Wertheimer founded the consulting service Crowd Management Strategies. He calls outdoor concerts the "Wild West when it comes to standards and guidance and consistency."
Indiana State Fair Remembrance Fund: https://co.clickandpledge.com/sp/d1/default.aspx?wid=45427