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September 1, 2005

Lights out for Backstreet Boys

San Francisco Chronicle (CA):

A Backstreet Boys concert in full swing at the Chronicle Pavilion on Tuesday night was shut down after an electrical transformer blew and cut off power to the outdoor amphitheater and the surrounding area in Concord. The band had been playing for more than an hour when the lights went out, said Aaron Siuda, spokesman for Bill Graham Presents.

"The band was nice enough after the power went out to get back onstage and sing a cappella through a megaphone,'' Siuda said. "It actually sounded pretty good. All the fans sang along." The show, however, a one-night stopover at the Pavilion, had to be cut short.

Siuda said that as a result of Tuesday's power outage, Bill Graham Presents is offering all ticketholders of the Pavilion show admission to the Backstreet Boys' concert tonight at the Sleeptrain Amphitheater in Sacramento. "All they have to do is bring their ticket'' to get into the Sacramento concert, Siuda said. He said the transformer blew along Highway 4 around 10 p.m. PG&E could not be reached for comment. The Pavilion, at 2000 Kirker Pass Road, accommodates an audience of 12,500.

They might just be on to something with the megaphone concept. Saves a fortune on all that PA gear...

Posted by acapnews at September 1, 2005 12:32 AM