Dozens of people were hospitalized late Saturday night after attending a Keith Urban concert near Boston, Massachusetts. Authorities say the primary cause of hospitalization was alcohol related issues.
Police and fire officials gave the statement that a total of 46 people were treated and another 22 were transported to local hospitals. An additional 50 individuals were taken into protective custody for what officials say was their own good, and several others were arrested at the scene. The incident was so extreme that authorities were forced to issue what is referred to as a “phase one EMS plan,” meaning that ambulances were called into action from five different communities in the area. The phase one EMS was issued due to the excess number of calls received from the arena concerning intoxicated individuals. The concert took place at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, a town located about 30 miles south of Boston.
The incident comes just a month after dozens of people were hospitalized after Swedish EDM superstar Avicii’s Boston concert, during which an additional 50 people sought medical attention. The cause of hospitalization in this case was primarily illicit drugs and alcohol mixed with the overwhelming heat level in the arena. Concert goers recalled the atmosphere as suffocating, with one attendee recalling how difficult it was to even breathe due to the temperature and amount of people at the show. Another individual called the experience both the best and worst of his life.
Urban is in the middle of the American leg of his current tour. His next concert will take place on July 31 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The tour wraps up in Puyallup, Washington on September 13.
Urban has been one of the top names in country music since 1999 when he made his American debut with the self-titled album Keith Urban, which attained platinum status. The album also produced the New Zealand born singer’s first number one on the Hot Country Songs chart with the singles But For The Grace of God and Somebody Like You. Since then, the You’ll Think of Me hit-maker has released a total of nine studio albums, one of which was only released in the United Kingdom. He has won multiple Grammys and American Music Awards, along with several ARIA awards from his native Australia, in which he spent the majority of his life growing up. He was named International Artist of the year at the Country Music Association Awards in 2005, and has won both video of the year and song of the year at multiple different award shows.
Urban has been married to three-time Golden Globe winner Nicole Kidman since 2006. The couple have two children together; Sunday Rose Kidman Urban was born in 2008, and Faith Margaret Kidman Urban in 2010.
The country superstar faced his own troubles with alcohol in 2006, when he checked into California’s Betty Ford Center to seek treatment. He released a statement shortly after apologizing to Kidman and his loved ones for any pain he caused them regarding his addiction He completed said treatment in January of the following year, and returned to recording music full-time. The singer attributes having the strength he needed to recover to his wife, stating that without her he would not be alive today.
It is unclear whether or not those involved in Saturday’s incident will face any charges. Keith Urban nor his representatives have currently given any statement on the matter, although the singer uploaded a video shortly after the concert, thanking his fans for attending and referring to the show as “nutso”.
by Rebecca Grace