July 28, 2012 16:42

Man falls down 40-foot gorge after trying to sneak into Nickelback gig

Kevin Beaudette had to be rescued by fire department after cunning plan goes awry

Man falls down 40-foot gorge after trying to sneak into Nickelback gig

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A man had to be rescued by fire fighters after he fell down a 40-foot gorge while trying to sneak into a Nickelback gig in New York.

According to Gawker, 22-year-old Kevin Beaudette was taken to the Albany Medical Centre to be treated for injuries after his nasty spill, which he sustained after he lost his footing and slipped into the Geyser Brook George. He had been trying to find his way into the much-maligned Canadian band's gig at the Performing Arts Centre in Saratoga Springs.

Beaudette is said to have been drunk at the time of his unfortunate accident and, after medical crews were unable to help him escape from the hole, was eventually rescued by the local fire service – who had to use a basket to transport him out. After being treated for cuts and bruises, he was released from hospital and will not face criminal charges.

The Centre's president, Marcia White, said of the incident: "Last evening an individual who appeared to be intoxicated, and who was outside the venue, apparently lost his footing and slipped down the embankment that runs along SPAC's Route 50 parking lot."

Last month (June 15), Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger revealed that he and his bandmates are well aware of how they are perceived by most people and admitted that they're never likely to score any critical praise. In recent months, they have had to contend with defending themselves from online abuse courtesy of music fans, being described as the reason that rock 'n' roll is "dying" by The Black Keys, and being the unwelcome inspiration for a web plugin named 'Nickelblock' which internet users can download to eliminate all mentions of the band from web browsers.

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