Things got scary when a structure collapsed at a Backstreet Boys concert in Oklahoma yesterday, dropping a metal awning on concert-goers. At least 14 people were injured, according to ET. No deaths or serious injuries were reported. There’s probably a lame joke here about Backstreet Boy Howie Donough’s gas blowing down the pavilion but a total of 10 ambulances reportedly showed up so we’ll put a pin in such a childish supposition for now.
Concert-goers at the WinStar Casino in Thackerville, OK were said to have been entering the pavilion to see the Backstreet Boys and 98 Degrees perform when a storm blowing through South Oklahoma took part of a structure at the entrance down. Fans were reportedly told to evacuate but those who didn’t got an awning dropped on top of them by a bitchy Mother Nature. Several fans were said to have been stretchered out by paramedics.
However, the casino (via the Grayson County Scanner) disputed the seriousness of the reported injuries.
“Many people were saying there were injuries and scaffolding had fallen,” writes GCS. “I spoke to WinStar directly and was told that a tent had blown over that was set up for guest services. They say there are NO serious injuries at this time. I was told that the concert WILL go on as planned. I will update if new or different information becomes available.”
Backstreet Boy Kevin Richardson (he’s the tall, oldest one who is lately looking like the head of a New Age cult) tweeted that the show would go on and urged everyone to just step over the flattened bodies and to disregard the screams of bloodied, middle-aged Backstreet Boys fans. (He didn’t really tweet that last part.)
We have a sold out house tonight. 12,000 +. So amazing! If it is safe, our lights & sound work and the weather holds we are going to GO FOR IT! But safety #1. Stand by. ✌🏻❤️
— Kevin Richardson (@kevinrichardson) August 19, 2018
Nick Carter, perhaps relieved that something like this could distract people from his potentially being charged with rape in the near future, also chimed in.
Waiting and praying for our fans that were injured. If we can perform were ready to go. But safety is first. pic.twitter.com/0GlB9fbmoc
— Nick Carter (@nickcarter) August 19, 2018
That Midwest weather is nothing to scoff at. You’re just going about your day, sirens go off, and suddenly your car is on top of your house. But the worst part about this incident for everyone involved? Imagine people finding out you almost died at a Backstreet Boys/98 Degrees show? I KID.