Volbeat fan dies at concert
A 39-year-old Volbeat fan has died after attempting to enter the band’s concert after being denied access in Texas on Monday night.
And new guitarist Rob Caggiano was among the bystanders who saw the tragedy unfold.
Police say Jubal Colvin was refused entry by security officials at the Lonestar Event Center in Lubbock. He then climbed a security fence to get in, and escaped from staff who apprehended him.
Colvin ran into a restricted area, tried to jump across a gap and fell 20ft, striking his head on a concrete floor. He was given first aid on the scene but failed to recover, and died in hospital soon afterwards.
Wes Nessman, rock show host on local radio station FMX, reports: “We had a death at the concert on Monday night and it really didn’t have to happen.
“An individual, who appeared to be drunk or had been drinking, was stopped at security for having a knife. He got agitated and threw the knife at security and started running. He was told to stop several times by security and police. He ran past several fences and barricades before either running off the roof or attempting to jump roof to roof.
“This was witnessed by several people, including some innocent bystanders and Volbeat’s new guitarist.
“This guy was running from officials in a clearly marked area. He was told to stop. There’s just no good reason why this happened. It’s important that the moms and dads and brothers and sisters out there know this wasn’t a guy dancing or fooling around who had an accident. The guy did not fall. He jumped.
“It’s not fair that some, including the news media, will try to portray this as some type of dangerous environment. It’s not. It is horribly unfair to place this tragedy at the feet of the venue, police or security.”
Caggiano joined Volbeat just weeks after quitting Anthrax. He’d originally been hired to produce their new album Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies. The band this week released a video for their track Cape Of Our Hero.