Ceiling collapses during metal gig in Minneapolis

At least three people injured during Theory Of A Deadman concert at the First Avenue venue

Fans were evacuated from the Minneapolis venue First Avenue last night (August 13) when a large portion of the ceiling collapsed into the crowd during a Theory Of A Deadman concert.

The metal band were only a few songs into their headline set when a 30ft by 30ft section of the ceiling gave way. Three people have been treated for injuries and are reported to be in a satisfactory condition.

The local venue opened in 1970 and was famously used as the location for Prince‘s ‘Purple Rain’ video shoot.

Following the collapse, security immediately evacuated the venue. As reported by Stereogum, venue general manager Nate Kranz commented: “A large portion of the ceiling fell and took out water pipes with it. We have no idea why or how it happened. We won’t know anything about this until tomorrow. It was a terrible surprise.”


Writing on their Facebook page following the incident, Theory Of A Deadman commented:

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to those who may have been injured or otherwise adversely affected by this unfortunate incident. Our sincerest thanks go out to the First Avenue staff, the Minneapolis Fire Department, the paramedics and all the other wonderful people who lent their swift assistance in helping others during the aftermath.

We wish the injured a full and speedy recovery. We wish First Avenue a quick turnaround in re-opening the doors of their legendary venue. We look forward to returning to Minneapolis as soon as possible to play for our amazing friends and fans.”