State Fair Appearance Cancelled Due to Stage Collapse

Posted Tuesday, August 4, 2009 --- 11:50 a.m.

WEST ALLIS, Wis. (AP) -- Country singer Billy Currington has canceled his appearance at the Wisconsin State Fair after his stage collapsed during a performance in Canada.

He was on his last song at the Big Valley Jamboree in Alberta when the stage collapsed Saturday. One person was killed and 75 injured.

Currington had a minor concussion. Bass player Alex Stevens was pinned under wreckage and underwent surgery to repair a severed artery and nerves in his arm. He was receiving treatment in Nashville.

In a news release, the Wisconsin State Fair says country music artist Keith Anderson will replace him for the show Saturday. He will co-headline with Jason Michael Carroll, originally slated to perform with Currington.

In a Twitter message, Currington said he hopes to be on the road again soon.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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