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A freak storm hit the Sonisphere Festival in Finland last August and knocked down the stage and put the rest of the festival into complete disarray. Here’s what happened next:

A freak thunderstorm that unexpectedly blew in from the Baltic Sea threatened to uproot Sonisphere Finland, but the bands, the crew and just as importantly the fans all pulled together and ensured the show went on. It was a true team effort. The biggest concern was the injuries sustained by some of the crowd. Thankfully the two people most seriously injured are no longer critical.
The storm lasted less than five minutes, but in that time it damaged the second stage beyond repair (it’s currently being held up by a crane), completely broke Mötley Crüe’s kit and soaked absolutely everyone at the festival. It was so bizarre you’d be tempted to believe Thor not to be outdone by the noise levels being produced by Anthrax and Slayer earlier in the day had a hand in it.

As Bruce Dickinson said on stage as he gave a rallying call to the crowd and introduced Alice Cooper: “The stage over there is completely fucked. Mötley Crüe have gone home as their stuff is fucked and our stuff is fucked, but we don’t care. We’re not going home until you go home.”

Iggy Pop was the first artist to get back up on stage. “We’re a small part of the fucking Stooges,” he said before playing an impromptu four-song acoustic set with his guitarist . For ‘I Wanna Be Your Dog’ he invited his saxophone player up on stage, holding his mike to the horn for amplification. It was something you are unlikely to ever witness again in front of a festival crowd and it blew people away. Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo was almost speechless afterwards: “That was. fucking phenomenal, really, really awesome and when the sax came out, well…”

I was really hoping that the Stooges set would turn up on YouTube, and lo and behold:

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