Backstreet Boys concert cancelled as structure falls on fans in Oklahoma

Angelo Anderson
August 19, 2018

Heavy rain, 80mph winds and lightning forced staff to begin evacuating fans from the outdoor venue at WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville before the concert featuring the Backstreet Boys and 98 Degrees had even kicked off.

The incoming storm hit the area about a half-hour later, the company said, bringing with it severe rain and strong winds which "knocked over the concert entrance trusses".

"We know that fans often suffer through inclement weather for their favorite acts, but this was an unusual event and our thoughts are with those who were injured during this storm", the casino said in a statement.

Before the gig, band member Kevin Richardson tweeted they were expecting 12,000 punters at the sold out performance. Keep your tickets because, Backstreet WILL BE BACK!' Love County emergency responders, Lighthorse Police and Oklahoma Highway Patrol are on scene.

Additionally, a temporary structure was knocked down, injuring a number of fans prior to the show.

About a half-hour before the incident, casino officials started an evacuation of the outdoor concert venue, but about 150 concertgoers did not listen to the warnings and remained in line for the performance.

Howie D., left, Kevin Richardson, Nick Carter, AJ McLean and Brian Littrell of the Backstreet Boys perform on ABC's "Good Morning America" in Central Park, Friday, in NY. Two people, so far, have been released. Instead the weather did it's own pre show performance and showed us all up. They said they would "attempt to reschedule".

Carter echoed the "safety first" sentiment earlier, as well. Waiting to determine damage to our stage and production.

Another video shared by the same fan showed a fan being taken from the scene on a stretcher.

Officials say they had seen the storm coming and warned concertgoers to take cover.

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