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Singer thankful he survived

August 04, 2009|Associated Press

Country singer Billy Currington says he and his band are very grateful to be alive after the outdoor stage they were performing on in Canada collapsed over the weekend and killed one person.

His Mercury Nashville label said in a statement Monday that Currington was on the last song of his set at the Big Valley Jamboree festival in Camrose, Alberta, when bad weather blew the staging down on top of him and his band Saturday.

Currington suffered a minor concussion. He is expected to make a full recovery. His bass player, Alex Stevens, had to have surgery to repair a severed artery and nerves in his left arm.

About 75 people were injured in the accident.

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