Kiss fan sues Live Nation over cannon blast

April 2013

Live events sector                        


A Kiss fan is suing Live Nation after being allegedly injured by debris discharged by a cannon during a show by the flamboyant rockers at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St Louis, Missouri in August last year. It seems that the claimant, William Mueller Jr, was already receiving treatment for brain cancer at the time of the show and his claim says that he was injured after the on-stage cannon “exploded and with great force launched a metal ratchet tie-down strap” that hit the claimant, who was standing by his allotted seat at the time. Noting that Mueller was already in a “weakened and vulnerable condition” because of his illness, the lawsuit says: “[The] defendants owed to [the] plaintiff the duty to exercise the highest degree of care for his safety. [The] defendants’ actions, conduct, or omissions were negligent, negligent per se, or both and were not those of a reasonably prudent person”. The defendants in the action are Live Nation, and the members of Kiss are not (currently) listed as defendants.

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