It doesn’t get much more rock n’ roll than this. While on their first headlining tour, Brothers Osborne encountered some serious venue difficulties not once, but twice. Hours before the duo’s start time, the ceiling at the Hanford Fox Theater in Fresno, Cali. collapsed.
Fans had already loaded into the venue when debris started falling on stage. According to one concertgoer, the stagehands rushed out to grab guitars before any damage occurred. The debris didn’t hurt anyone, but it did pose a serious problem.
With only minutes left to showtime, the venue owner couldn’t find a reasonable alternative. So they had to cancel the show — or so fans thought.
Instead, the reigning CMA duo of the year pulled the bus up out front, climbed on top, and let ‘er rip. Watch the rainy rooftop concert here.
Ironically, it’s not the first time a venue almost collapsed on the band. In fact, it wasn’t even the first time that tour. The venue in Boise a few weeks back had similar complications. But they happened near the end of the show, so the band finished the set.
The Hanford Fox Theater underwent renovations about two years ago for similar issues. The nearly 90-year-old venue is a treasure of the local area but needs some TLC.
Meanwhile, the Hanford police chief said most outdoor concerts require a permit. But because of the circumstances, they were cool with it and had a presence just to make sure it didn’t get out of hand.
Kudos all the way around to Brothers Osborne, fans, venue officials and police for taking a bad situation and making it pretty cool. Oh, and fans can hang on to their tickets for the rescheduled show down the road.