According to The Advocate, a man fell or jumped from an upper level of the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana during TOOL’s sold-out January 31 concert at the venue. The extent of his injuries is unknown.
“We can confirm that a patron fell,” said Sabrina Trahan, the arena’s event marketing and media coordinator, in an e-mailed statement. “An investigation is ongoing.”
The fall reportedly happened during TOOL’s encore and was witnessed by freelance journalist Wesley Hodges. “It was scary,” he told The Advocate. “I caught it out of the corner of my eye. I saw a body coming down and heard a really loud crash. I saw him lying on the ground. There was chaos after that. People were screaming.” He added that police and arena security personnel arrived almost immediately. “They were on top of it very quickly,” he said.
The TOOL members were reportedly unaware of the incident and finished the show, as scheduled, shortly after 11 p.m.
TOOL has gone ten years without releasing a new album and has issued only four full-length CDs over the course of its quarter-century existence.