The Flaming Lips’ lighting rig collapses in Tulsa

Storm damages $800,000 worth of equipment

A lighting rig for a Flaming Lips gig in Tulsa, [/b]Oklahoma[/b], has collapsed – causing the show’s cancellation.

As reported by News OK, strong wind and rain brought the rig down onto the band’s equipment. Frontman Wayne Coyne said of the incident:

The Oklahoma wind and rain was a little bit more unpredictable than we had hoped, and we had a bad gust. The whole thing is shambolic and a bit dangerous and we’re working to get as much off of the stage before we get hit with the second wave.

The singer was said to have rushed onstage to secure the instruments as the storm worsened.

Between grabbing guitars and amps, Coyne took to Twitter, and let fans know what was going on: “FUCK!!!! Wind and rain destroyed the stage !!!!!”, he tweeted before adding, “Show is cancelled!!!! Devastation!!!”

Coyne also said he thought he was going to die via the social network site, before noting that the only injury was some speakers and instruments. He tweeted a host of pictures.

Last month (July 17), a stage collapsed at a Cheap Trick concert in Canada with the band narrowly escaping injury.

A video showing the rig collapse can be viewed here.