HEALTH & SAFETY
Live events sector
A man is suing Live Nation over spinal injuries he sustained when he was “trampled” at a Lamb of God show in 2012. According to reports, William Tarantino claims that during a performance by the metal band at the Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford, Connecticut in November 2012, he was “violently knocked to the ground and trampled, sustaining … severe [and] painful injuries … some of which are permanent”. He accuses Live Nation, the show’s promoter, of “negligence and carelessness” by failing to “provide adequate security” to deal with what would likely be a raucous audience, based on other Lamb of God gigs. Though Tarantino’s complaint seems to describe metal audiences generally, and it’s not clear what measures he feels should have been put in place by Live Nation to avoid the sudden surge that led to his injuries. CMU Daily reported that Tarantino is seeking in excess of $75,000 in damages. Lamb of God themselves are not named on the lawsuit.
Frontman Randy Blythe was arrested in the Czech Republic in 2013 on suspicions of manslaughter after a fan died falling from the stage at one of their concerts. Blythe was eventually cleared of all charges;