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Lyon concert on 24 March cancelled

Added on Thursday 24 March 2011, 13:41 (GMT)

The following announcement was made earlier today (Thursday) by Jamiroquai.

Due to a tragic accident at the Halle Toni Garnier Arena, the gig at Lyon on 24th March (tonight) is regrettably cancelled. The band were shocked and saddened when told the news, and out of respect immediately felt the right decision was to cancel the show. A police investigation is taking place which would also have prevented the show from happening. We know how disappointed fans will feel, but can only say at this point, the gig will be re-arranged and we will have news of the revised date as soon as possible.

I'm sure I speak for all the fans out there who read this and other websites in saying that our thoughts go out to all involved and affected by this tragic event.

UPDATE: in the hours following the event the following bandmembers posted the following messages on Twitter/Facebook:

  • Rob Harris - my condolences go out from myself and the band to the family and friends of the local stage hand who lost his life today in Lyon. Tragic.
  • Sola Akingbola - Heartfelt condolences to the family of the young man who died whilst working on the rigging in Lyon. We know not of tomorrow.
  • Derrick Mckenzie - I would like to thank everyone for their deepest sympathies and condolence messages, for our local Rigger who died today in a tragic accident this morning, our thoughts from all of us in the band and crew and all the fans go out to all of his family :(

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So sad! My thoughts goes to the family, the band and all the members of the crew - BE STRONG!

Various sources in the French press confirm the roadie died after a fall while preparing the stage. The promoter should announce this afternoon whether the gig will be rescheduled later on.
My thoughts to all the Jamiroquai crew, the guy's family and, even though this comes second, the disappointed fans in Lyon...

:((( such saddening news...my thoughts go out to the family and the crew aswell..this must be so hard...this tour is a big happy celebration and now there is hanging a shadow over it.
" never gonna be another" :(

What a tragic piece of news...so sad, it's so sudden.My thoughts go to the family & the crew.
Courage.

Im sorry to hear this.. love, thoughts and prayers to the family and all connected. Cancelling was the right thing to do. Shocking for all concerned. Be gentle on yourselves. Take care. *hugs*

A sad day for the Jamiroquai family and fans out there. Be encouraged and chin up, we will survive to funk another day!

Devastating news, and I can only echo the above comments. So sorry.

So sad...

My sympathies to to this persons family, friends and loved ones. A concert can happen any time but this person will never be there or see one again. I am so very sorry for your loss. Just know we share your grief and loss - even ones who've never heard of this band before.
Peace * Love

Absolutely terrible news...
Strength and prayers to all affected:(

So sorry for this tragic event,the band must feel terrible aswell. Having been in Zurich (an amazing concert),and looking at the scaffolding ,thinking the roadies have to be contortionists and athletes,an accident is always a risk of their job.As you said,concertfanck,a concert can be replaced,not a person. Peace to all,Pippa.

So sorry for this tragic event,the band must feel terrible aswell. Having been in Zurich (an amazing concert),and looking at the scaffolding ,thinking the roadies have to be contortionists and athletes,an accident is always a risk of their job.As you said,concertfanck,a concert can be replaced,not a person. Peace to all,Pippa.

I echo Mocha's words: Strength and prayers to all effected.

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