As a country music fan, chances are you walk into a concert venue planning to sing, dance and maybe even lock eyes with your favorite artist.
Chances are that you are not planning to have a pole fall on your head.
Unfortunately, that’s exactly what happened during a recent concert by Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood. First reported by “Billboard” magazine, the Dec. 9 incident occurred at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena when a metal pole used to release balloons during the show fell from the rafters, landing on the head of Kentucky resident Jean Ann Crenshaw. Her injuries reportedly included everything from a fractured nose to various cuts on her face, and occurred while Trisha was singing and having an impromptu celebration for her hubby, Garth, and songwriter Mitch Rossell over their recent No. 1 hit, “Ask Me How I Know.”
The injuries could have been much worse. Jean says that doctors at Vanderbilt Medical Center told her that the pole came within a half inch of piercing her eye.
It was an unfortunate moment during a night that was supposed to have been fun for the 47-year-old fan, who had travelled to Nashville alongside four friends for the first of Garth and Trisha’s seven scheduled shows at the arena. Shortly after the incident, country fans surrounding Jean went into action, doing what they could to stop her bleeding.
According to the report, Garth’s team, along with executives of Bridgestone Arena, were still assessing the situation and were determining their next steps on Dec. 11, with arena senior VP booking David Kells indicating that no arena employees were on the catwalk at that time the pole fell. The report also said that both the arena and Garth’s team exchanged numbers with Jean before she was taken to the hospital.
The report also said that Jean had already contacted an attorney.
Yet, if there is any artist that will make sure that this is made right, it is Garth Brooks. And knowing him, this incident is weighing heavy on his heart, especially after such a groundbreaking year. Not only is the reigning CMA Entertainer Of The Year smack dab in the middle the Nashville shows that will wrap his mega-tour for the year, but “Ask Me How I Know” just became his 20th No. 1 song.
And believe it or not, the Nashville run of shows is currently being referred to as the final run of “The Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood.” A press release about the show noted that in a little over three years, the tour has sold more than 6.4 million tickets, making it the biggest North American tour in history and the biggest American tour in the world.
Rare Country sends our get-well wishes to Jean!