Rihanna’s weekend show in Dallas was canceled mid-show when a fire broke out above the stage after a pyrotechnic unit set a chair on the catwalk above the stage ablaze. Fans initially thought the fire was part of the show, only realizing the flames were not intentionally set when smoke began to fill parts of the American Airlines Center arena and the lights came on. Dallas firefighters evacuated the arena and no injuries were reported.
After the show, Rihanna tweeted her displeasure with having to end the show and promised to return to the Texas city, saying, “DALLAS!!! We set the stage on FYAH tonight!!! LITERALLY!!! I'm so pissed, I was havin so much fun wit yall too!!! I gotta come back man!!”
The (literally) show-stopping event got us thinking about other concerts that have come to an abrupt end after the show was already underway. It takes a lot to stop a large-scale pop show dead in its tracks. Here are a few examples.
During an acoustic concert in Amsterdam, Moby received quite a shock. Literally. In video from the show, the “South Side” singer is seen rubbing his neck before handing his guitar to a stage hand and collapsing to the ground unconscious. Scary!
(Even more terrifying is the reaction from photographers at the event. While Moby lays unconscious on the ground, the photogs stand over him taking pictures and continue doing so even after an assistant says, “This isn’t a joke.” None of them offer to help the singer, who comes to on his own about a minute later. Anything for a potential money shot, right?)
Soon after, Moby tweeted about the incident. “Thanks for coming to the acoustic show. I apologize for being electrocuted," he wrote.
Earlier this year, at the start of the European leg of his OMG Tour, Usher had a rough go of things. Apparently ill, the singer canceled his first show at Berlin’s O2 World Arena after opening act Tiny Tempah had already performed his set. He rescheduled the show for the following day, but with his voice obviously shot, he only made it through a couple of songs before he dropped the mic, waved to the audience and walked off stage to a chorus of boos.
The singer hit Twitter to apologize: “I am truly sorry to all my fans in Berlin who were inconvenienced by tonight’s postponement of the show. I was ill and felt that I would not have been able to give the show that you all properly deserve.”
Pink’s massively successful Funhouse road show became well known for the Cirque du Soliel-like trapeze theatrics that had the singer and her dancers swinging around several feet above the stage. During a performance of the pop star’s hit “So What” in Nuremberg, Germany, the singer fell out of a safety harness and was dragged into a barricade. Luckily, she was not injured.
Like her fellow surprise concert cancellers, Pink took to Twitter to let her fans know that she was OK. “To all my nurnberg [sic] fans- I am so so so sorry to end the show that way. I am embarrassed and very sorry. I’m in ambulance now but I will b fine.”
About an hour later, she was given a doctor’s seal of approval, tweeting, “Ok all my lovers out there- nothings broken, no fluid in the lungs, just seriously sore. I made that barricade my b**ch!!!! Thanx nurnberg [sic] “
Check out video from Rihanna's Dallas show below:
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