“The building staff and the band worked together very well and it turned out to be a once in a lifetime type of thing,” Dunne told Pollstar.
The outage hit at about 10 p.m. when the band was halfway through its 70-minute set. Apparently, a vehicle crashed into a transformer that provides electricity to the 20,500-capacity venue, according to Dunne.
Immediately following the blackout, emergency lights in the venue came on and a small generator was hooked up. Ten minutes later, another generator was brought in to provide minimum power to the stage.
3 Doors Down frontman Brad Arnold explained to the crowd what happened and continued to perform about five or six songs a cappella. Drummer Greg Upchurch came out for half the songs, using a snare drum.
Stagehands and a security guard shined flashlights on the stage to help illuminate the remainder of the performance.
“After that, the crowd was great and very happy about it,” Dunne said.
He added that patrons remained calm and cooperative.
Riverbend and 3 Doors Down reps are currently discussing whether or not the concert will be rescheduled.
— Mitchell Peters