Astroworld Festival tragedy: US congressmen launch bipartisan investigation into Live Nation’s role in deadly concert

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – The U.S. House of Representatives Oversight and Reform Committee on Wednesday announced it is leading an investigation into Live Nation’s role in the deadly Astroworld festival tragedy that occurred at Parkland. NRG in Houston on November 5.

The video above is from an earlier story.

A letter has been sent to Live Nation president and CEO, Michael Rapino, requesting information regarding the tragic events that led to the deaths of 10 concertgoers.
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“This is a horrible and completely preventable way to die. Their families and our communities deserve answers to make sure this never happens again,” Congressman Kevin Brady said. speak. “I have pushed for this congressional investigation to hold concert promoters and organizers accountable, determine the cause, and ensure families no longer have to wonder if their children, friends or whether their loved one is still alive after the concert.”

“Live Nation Entertainment as the concert promoter is said to be responsible for ‘planning, staffing, funding, securing permits, finding suppliers, communicating with local agencies’ for the Astroworld Festival,” the letter was signed by Representatives Carolyn B. Maloney, James Comer, Kevin Brady, Al Green, and Bill Pascrell Jr.

According to reports, rapper Travis Scott took the stage at 9 p.m. and about 20 minutes later, paramedics responded to the first reports of injuries.

“Recent reports raise serious concerns about whether your company has taken adequate steps to ensure the safety of the 50,000 spectators who attended the Astroworld Festival,” the representative wrote. “For example, reports indicated that security and medical personnel were inexperienced or ill-equipped to deal with mass injuries. Some attendees argued that placing barricades made barricades difficult. It’s hard for people to get out.”

The House Oversight Committee has requested information regarding the festival’s roles and responsibilities, security planning, and steps Live Nation took after it became aware that law enforcement had declared declare the event a “mass casualty” by January 7, 2022.

Live Nation released the following statement on Wednesday afternoon:

“We are assisting local authorities in their investigation and will of course share information with the Commission. Safety is at the core of live events and Live Nation is involved in safety planning. detailed security coordination with local stakeholders including law enforcement, fire and EMT experts We are heartbroken by the events at Astroworld and we extend our deepest sympathies the families and friends of the victims.”

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Scott’s attorney, Ed McPherson gave ABC13 an interview in November said that the Astroworld production team would “completely” stop the show if the Houston Police Department so requested.

“If someone from the police department came up to the producer, at 9:30 p.m., and said, ‘Hey stop the show, we have a mass casualty event’, would you stop? ” ABC13 asked in a wide-ranging interview.

McPherson also said that Scott couldn’t really see what was going on on stage. In the interview, McPherson points out that performers have music and producer in their headphones. In addition, stage lighting makes it virtually impossible for performers to see into a dark stage.

“We are deeply saddened by the deaths that occurred at the Astroworld Festival and are committed to investigating what happened to inform possible reforms that could prevent future tragedies,” the representatives said. informed about the investigation.

On December 9, Scott sat down with TV and radio personality Charlamagne Tha God and gave his first interview about the tragedy.

Scott still maintains that he was unaware of deaths or injuries at the time.

He was asked minutes after the nearly hour-long interview when he learned that things had gone horribly wrong.

“It wasn’t really until the minute after the press conference that I knew exactly what had happened. Even after the show, you just heard everything,” Scott began. “But, I didn’t know the exact details until a few minutes before the press conference. And even now, you’re saying, ‘Wait. What?'” Scott continued. “You just went through something, and it was like, ‘What?'”

“So you don’t know people have really passed away?” Charlamagne asked.

“No. Until a few minutes ago,” Scott said. “The problem is, people pass out. Everything happens at concerts. But something like that. It’s like…”

WATCH: Travis Scott says he never heard a fan’s cry for help

Houston police and firefighters responded to reports of a “mass casualty event” at 9:38 p.m., according to HFD Sheriff Sam Peña.

The concert, however, continued until Live Nation stopped it around 10:10pm

SEE MORE: HPD is still investigating whether any charges will be filed about ‘accidental’ deaths during the Astroworld Festival

The tragedy at the Astroworld Festival follows a long string of other tragic events and safety breaches involving Live Nation. Live Nation has been fined or sued multiple times over safety issues at previous events, including other incidents involving fans being aggressive or being stamped out.

It’s not just Scott who has to face hundreds of lawsuits, but production on his hard seltzer line has now been halted, according to Scott’s partner Anheuser-Busch.

MORE HERE: Anheuser-Busch says production of Travis Scott’s hard seltzer has stopped.


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