Roof Collapses At US Morbid Angel Concert, One Person Dead & Multiple People Reportedly Injured

1 April 2023 | 2:52 pm | Mary Varvaris
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(Source: WGN9 News Chicago)

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Just hours ago, the roof at the Apollo Theatre in Belvidere, Illinois, partially collapsed during a sold-out Morbid Angel concert. 

The band Skeletal Remains were performing at the time. The full lineup was a celebration of death and heavy metal music, with Morbid Angel, Revocation, Crypta, and Skeletal Remains due to rock the stage. The rest of the concert has been cancelled due to the damage and dangerous weather.

The roof collapsed on punters as high winds and tornadoes took hold throughout Chicago. As Metal Injection reports, the extent of the damage is still being learned, but so far, there has been an awning, partial roof, and partial floor collapse.

Footage of the collapse can be viewed below.

260 people were in the venue at the time, including fans, staff, the bands and their crews - the Apollo Theatre can hold up to 1,500 people.

Belvidere Fire Chief Shawn Schadle told CBS News that five people had been rushed from the scene with severe injuries, 18 had moderate injuries, and five had minor injuries. CBS, WGN9 News Chicago and ABC 7 Chicago report that one person has died.

“Tonights show is Canceled [sic] due to a Tornado that hit the Venue. We ask anyone who is still traveling [sic] to the venue to please seek shelter and stay safe. 

"We are currently sheltering in place, and want to extend our support and hope that everyone at the show tonight is safe,” Morbid Angel wrote on Facebook. “Right now our focus is on making sure everyone in the venue tonight is ok and gets home.”

CBS News also reported that the Chicago Fire Department apparently requested 20 ambulances.

An hour ago, Crypta guitarist Tainá Bergamaschi confirmed that all the bands are safe. “Tornado hit the venue, we lost our RV, but we are ok,” the social media post reads.  

This is a developing story.

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