'A Horrible Nightmare': Screams Drowned out the Music at a Pearl Jam Concert in Copenhagen, and Eight Fans Died

By Ali, Lorraine | Newsweek, July 10, 2000 | Go to article overview
Save to active project

'A Horrible Nightmare': Screams Drowned out the Music at a Pearl Jam Concert in Copenhagen, and Eight Fans Died


Ali, Lorraine, Newsweek


Rain-soaked fans pressed hard toward the stage as Pearl Jam cranked out tunes last Friday night at the Roskilde festival just outside Copenhagen. Between songs, concerned band members urged the audience to stop pushing, but thousands continued to shove forward. Finally, a barrier between the stage and the crowd snapped; fans in front lost their footing on the slippery mud and disappeared under the crush of the crowd. The toll: eight dead and dozens injured in one of Europe's worst concert tragedies. "There were scenes of pushing, panic, shouts," said concertgoer Lars Nielsen, one of 90,000 people at the four-day European equivalent of Woodstock. "Then the music stopped, [and it was] replaced by howls and screams. It was unbearable."

The Seattle quintet expressed its grief in a statement on Sony Music's Web site: "I think we are all waiting for someone to wake us up and say it was just a horrible nightmare." It isn't the first time rock fans have been trampled to death at a concert--at the Who's 1979 show in Cincinnati 11 fans died, and 52 people were trampled at a concert last year in Minsk.

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
Loading One moment ...
Project items
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited article

'A Horrible Nightmare': Screams Drowned out the Music at a Pearl Jam Concert in Copenhagen, and Eight Fans Died
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

While we understand printed pages are helpful to our users, this limitation is necessary to help protect our publishers' copyrighted material and prevent its unlawful distribution. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.

Are you sure you want to delete this highlight?