Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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July 1, 2012

High winds moved stage at Second Chance Rocks Concert Friday night

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BLUEFIELD —

“It moved that Jersey Wall 7 feet,” he said. “That was a strong wind.”

After learning about the advance of the storm with wind gusts of up to 80 miles-per-hour, the SRO crew started taking steps to secure the stage. Martin said that he cut Lee Brice’s set by 10-15 minutes, and cleared the stage at about 8:30 p.m. With the storm coming, Wagner and Robinson evacuated the stadium.

“It took a lot less time to evacuate than I thought it would,” Robinson said. The concert was canceled shortly after 10 p.m.

Martin said that he has worked all over the United States, and the actions on the part of Wagner and Robinson Friday night impressed him. “They put safety above all else,” Martin said. “All of us in the business are well aware of the tragedy in Indiana and at other concerts venues that ended in tragedy. After the storm moved away, we could have resumed, but I couldn’t guarantee that the structure of the stage had not been compromised. I’ve had long delays before, but never where the wind moved the stage.”

Martin resumed working with the volunteers to store the stage in the trailer. “When you write your article, say something good about Billy and Erik,” he said. “They’re first-class people.”

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