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Finland's Sonisphere Festival Ruined By Thunderstorm

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AFP reports: A severe thunderstorm hit the Sonisphere heavy metal music festival in southwestern Finland Sunday, injuring dozens and damaging the equipment of several bands including Motley Crue, organisers said.

"A severe thunderstorm hit (the) Sonisphere Festival in Pori, Finland this afternoon at approximately 4:00 pm (1300 GMT)," the organisers said in a statement.

"Strong freak wind gusts damaged the stages and knocked down tents and fences. Approximately 40 people were injured, two of them seriously," the statement said, adding that those hurt had been taken to hospital for treatment.

Some 30,000 people were attending the two-day festival, where groups like Iron Maiden, Alice Cooper, Mötley Crüe and Iggy Pop had been scheduled to play, and the organisers said they were "doing everything we can to ensure that the show can take place."

However, one of the stages suffered massive damage and had been closed, and several concerts, including Mötley Crüe's, were cancelled due to damaged equipment.

Iggy Pop meanwhile opted to play an acoustic set due to the difficulty using electric equipment, while Alice Cooper had borrowed equipment from Slayer, the organisers said.

Iron Maiden, the highlight of the festival, would also play the finishing concert as planned Sunday evening, although the set had been slightly postponed, they added.

"The show will run so long as it can run safely," Sonisphere Festival series producer Stuart Galbraith said in the statement.

According to Finnish media, a plane chartered by Iron Maiden had been severely damaged at the local airport, as had a small helicopter.

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1. Necrovomit writes:

c-c-c-combo breaker!

# Aug 9, 2010 @ 12:03 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. brandedcfh420 writes:

Well, at least some of the artists opted to play anyways! But i dont think the cancelation of motley crue is a bad thing, more excellent than bad!!!

# Aug 9, 2010 @ 9:06 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. bradleyparsons writes:

@brandedcfh420 Your a stupid troll every article I go on i see a post from you bad mouthing metal!

# Aug 9, 2010 @ 9:30 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. brandedcfh420 writes:

blah blah. dont care what you think.

# Aug 9, 2010 @ 9:45 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. brandedcfh420 writes:

And i wasnt bad mouthing metal dumba$$, i was bad mouthing Motley Crue. HUGE difference between bad mouthing an entire genre and bad mouthing 1 band.

# Aug 9, 2010 @ 10:11 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. Eta56 writes:

brandedcfh420 UMAD?

# Aug 9, 2010 @ 11:12 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. Blindgreed1 writes:

^^^He's not mad, just intollerant of ignorant arseholes. Why the fvck would you care anyway?

# Aug 9, 2010 @ 11:26 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. WOLF7 writes:

The good news is, none of the injuries are very serious, just some damage to Motley Crue's and Alice Cooper's gear, so no big deal.

Iron Maiden manager Rod Smallwood said in the Finnish press that in his opinion, Maiden played their best show in Europe EVER on Sunday, so I guess you could say things turned out great after all. Iggy Pop performed 4 unplugged numbers, Alice Cooper borrowed some gear from Slayer and performed a full set...
sounds like the whole thing turned out to be more of an adventure than anything else!

# Aug 9, 2010 @ 11:45 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. KickAssDuke writes:

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Luke: I'll be careful.
Dr. Evazan: You'll be dead!

# Aug 9, 2010 @ 1:27 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. Blindgreed1 writes:

^^^LMFAO!

# Aug 9, 2010 @ 1:41 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. brandedcfh420 writes:

#9: WTF? What is that from?

# Aug 9, 2010 @ 1:44 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. KickAssDuke writes:

No, come on, you MUST know what that's from. Please tell me you are just tuggin' my nuts.

# Aug 9, 2010 @ 1:52 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. 4string writes:

new hope...star wars...come on man

# Aug 9, 2010 @ 2:14 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. brandedcfh420 writes:

not into the star wars enough to know lines from the newer ones. im a dork like that i guess!!

# Aug 9, 2010 @ 2:16 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. RTB writes:

I just got it Haha...nice one...
B^ here's a hint....movie, bar, bounty hunter, space,......

# Aug 9, 2010 @ 2:17 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. RTB writes:

Sh!t!!!

# Aug 9, 2010 @ 2:19 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. Branded doesnt smoke pot he's a fake writes:

I agree Branded you are such a poser. You think you are so knowledable but in reality your just a piece of sh it.
Go take your rambles some where else please.

# Aug 9, 2010 @ 4:47 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. brandedcfh420 writes:

hahahahhaha, kindergarten trolls abound everywhere! boo hoo, ive been called names!

# Aug 9, 2010 @ 5:08 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. Jay3730 writes:

The Sonsiphere in Switzerland had the while field were in took play coverd in about a foot or a fot and a half of mud, thick mud. It sucked but once the bands started it was worth it.

# Aug 9, 2010 @ 8:12 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. brandedcfh420 writes:

Video will be up soon i hope of the storm!

# Aug 9, 2010 @ 8:21 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. Tom Laine writes:

3 out of the 4 songs from Iggy Pop's acoustic set at the Sonisphere Finland festival are available at youtube, check it out, excellent materials!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4Q5NtDzVn0 - I wanna be your dog
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xl1uqv9reBE - Raw Power
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSyykh1yqF4 - Search and Destroy

# Aug 11, 2010 @ 3:33 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. WOLF7 writes:

Oh man... the storm claimed one victim today... one of the two "seriously" injured festival goers died in hospital today.

# Aug 12, 2010 @ 1:40 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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