Ghost have been traveling across North America on the Rats on the Road tour to celebrate the arrival of Prequelle, which has finally arrived today. While tonight concludes the run in St. Paul MN, last night’s (31st) show in Milwaukee, WI was cut short due to a terrible tragedy. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that the sold-out show with 2,500 capacity at the Riverside Theater was cancelled while the show was in progress.
Metal Insider contributor Alexander Stafford was an eyewitness to the incident. He told the Journal Sentinel that a man in the pit fell to the ground during intermission around 9:15PM. He also mentioned how fans flagged security over to help and did everything they could to revive him including CPR. People cleared out of the venue and around 9:45 PM, security said the show was cancelled.
We asked Stafford to further explain what happened as he told us the following:
“Seeing it first hand was rather heartbreaking. He was right behind me. I saw it all from an arms length away.
Right as the band announced an intermission and second act, the house lights went on and within moments, fans tried grabbing attention of the security as a fan had passed out.
There was a confusion as if the fan just needed water as it was rather hot up in the pit. After the fan was unresponsive, CPR was administered. At that point, fans were being cleared out of the GA pit and to the lobby. Shortly after, security started escorting people out of the venue. It was then I realized that the band would not be partaking in the second act. In addition to the midnight mass/meet & greet, album release was canceled and their cryptic posting on FB was deleted.”
Unfortunately, the man died later that evening after he was transported to Columbia St. Mary’s hospital. His cause of death was from natural causes.
Ghost shared the following statement:
“Tonight, in Milwaukee there was a medical emergency with one of our fans. We decided not to continue out of respect to him and his family. Ghost and all who work with us ask that you please send the family your thoughts, prayers and respect their privacy during this time.”