Kevin Costner and his band members of Modern West are lucky to be alive. A severe storm hit the Canadian Big Valley Jamboree music festival, on Saturday (Aug 1), in Camrose, Alberta, killing one and injuring dozens. Kevin, along with his bandmates, were caught beneath the collapsed stage, but luckily, escaped serious injury or worse.
“He was unhurt, I was unhurt,” the star’s manager Nick Meinama told CTV News. “We wiggled our way out. We found that our road manager and guitar player had been hurt, but the ambulance and the paramedics were here instantly to take them to the hospital.”
Luckily, the two men were fine—just “banged up”—and checked out three hours later.
Mr. Dances With Wolves, however, stuck around to see how the rest of the injured were doing.
“He was walking around, making sure that everyone was okay,” Meinama said. “There was ladies in neck braces and he was walking up and talking to them and making sure that they were okay and kind of bringing a friendly spirit to it.”
Nashville’s Billy Currington was onstage when the incident happened. According to Meinama, producers received word that a storm was coming through and were about the shut down the show until it passed when the wind created the aforementioned chaos.
“We were told that this was Billy’s last song and that they were going to shut down the show until the storm passed through and a minute later, we were underneath the stage,” the manager recalled.
Approximately 15,000 people attended the fateful show.
I’m sure Kevin’s family members and those of his bandmates, are very relieved. My husband and I and our two youngest children were caught in that storm and for the ten minutes we were stranded on the highway during the brunt of it, was terrifying. It was the worst storm we have personally ever experienced and hopefully we never feel that sort of fear again. We had no idea if a tornado was coming because the wind was so strong and loud, and the hail was coming down so hard, you couldn’t see two feet ahead or on either side of you, and the noise was deafening. Very scary.
We’re glad Kevin Costner and crew are OK and our hearts go out to the family of Donna Moore, the young woman who was killed in that storm. She was a loving mom of two sons, 10 and 16. Our thoughts go out to those who were injured as well.