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  • Stage Set Up for Elton John Concert Collapses in Mexico's Chichen Itza Ruins

    Mon, 05 Apr 2010 10:23:31

    Stage Set Up for Elton John Concert Collapses in Mexico's Chichen Itza Ruins - Three workers injured, John not present

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    Look out below! Part of the stage being set up for a weekend concert by uber-fabulous British singer Elton John at Mexico's famed Chichen Itza ruins collapsed during construction, injuring three workers, according to a story by The Associated Press. The site was named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007. The upper lighting rails, which are used to hold spotlights and other equipment, of the metal structure plummeted onto the stage. Thankfully, none of the injuries were fatal or critically serious. Two of the workers were treated for slight injuries and released, and the third was hospitalized with a broken leg. John was not on site when the stage collapse occurred.

    Despite the collapse, the event was not cancelled, as there was no damage to the 1,200-year-old Mayan ruins, since the stage was purposely erected far away from the ruins' pyramids and temples. Some Mexicans have expressed their opposition to holding concerts at a historical landmark such as the ruins, for cultural and physical reasons. These folks feel the concerts belittle the significance of the ruins and that they present a danger to the site. Past performers include Luciano Pavarotti and Placido Domingo.

    Do you think concerts should not be held on ancient ruins? Or do you like the idea of bridging the gap of the past and the current?

    —Amy Sciarretto
    04.05.10




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