A fan at Garth Brooks‘ opening concert in Nashville Saturday (12/9) suffered substantial injuries after a metal pole fell from the rafters and struck her in the face.
Forty-seven-year-old Jean Ann Crenshaw was enjoying the concert when the megastar took a mid-show break to celebrate the success of “Ask Me How I Know,” which recently reached No. 1 on the country charts. A balloon drop from the ceiling of Bridgestone Arena had been planned in honor of songwriter Mitch Rossell, but the balloons initially failed to release. According to Billboard, when a crew member began poking at the netting that held them, they dropped along with the pole. Crenshaw, who never saw it coming, suffered a fractured nose and a facial laceration requiring stitches. Arena representatives and Brooks’ own have reportedly been in touch with Crenshaw, who has since secured an attorney.
The concert was the first of seven, and Nashville is last city on the North American leg of Garth’s three-year-old tour. To date more than 6.4 million tickets have been sold, prompting some to refer to it as the most successful tour in history. Keep watch for what’s next here.
Teddy McDonald is a fun-lovin’ country music fan man living in Nashville, Tennessee.