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Safety expert warning over 'dangerous' U2 gigs|
Posted on Thursday, January 18 @ 03:12:41 UTC by Macphisto
(Music365.com) -- A leading concert safety expert has claimed that U2's decision to allow "standing room only" and unreserved seating for thousands of fans on their forthcoming American tour is potentially dangerous.
The group's Elevation Tour gets under way in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on March 24, but watchdogs are worried that the plan to bring fans closer to the action could backfire.
Paul Wertheimer, head of consultants Crowd Management Strategies, said an unseated throng in front of the stage at the group's 33 arena shows could result in a tragedy similar to the Roskilde Festival in Denmark last year where nine fans died in a crush during Pearl Jam's set. He added that unreserved seating could also lead to a stampede by fans eager to secure a place in the front few rows.
"It's the most dangerous concert configuration," Wertheimer told cable channnel VH1.
"One would have thought that Roskilde would have made SFX [the tour promoters] and U2 think twice about crowd safety and crowd comfort.
"U2 fans that I know would rather sit down or stand in front of ther seats and dance, rather than be pushed around and possibly injured, but it seems promoters, artists and venue operators in general are focused more on the bottom line than on the lifeline of their audiences.
"It's all about money; more people can be stuffed into a space with no seats than with fixed seats, labour and chair-rental costs are considerably less or non-existent, security costs are reduced, and tickets are easier to sell at a higher price because fans to not envision themselves being stuck in obstructed view areas."
Wertheimer's company are acknowledged leaders in crowd safety. They published a controversial report into the total of 70 deaths at music concerts during 1999, and also spearheaded the investigation into the 1979 crowd stampede at a Who concert in Cincinnati which resulted in 11 deaths.
U2, whose new single 'Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of' is released on January 29, have yet to announce British dates for the tour.