'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. …