Phish Chicago Show Evacuated

5:45 PM PST 07/20/2013 by Shirley Halperin
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Elsewhere in the area, Pearl Jam fans suffer through a three-hour delay due to inclement weather.

The band Phish had to cut short the first of a three-night stand at Chicago’s FirstMerit Bank Pavilion on Friday after the venue was ordered to evacuate.

Inclement weather was to blame -- heavy rain and lightning, specifically -- and the crowd of more than 20,000 was asked to leave the Northerly Island concert hall shortly after the band kicked off its second set.

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The Vermont four-piece had just launched into “Prince Caspian” when they had to stop. The show was then canceled officially.

A tweet from the band notified fans that “the venue has been evacuated due to a major storm that is approaching the area,” and was followed by another message that read, “Unfortunately, that's it for the night.”

A few miles away at Chicago’s Wrigley Field, a Pearl Jam show was delayed almost three hours, but the band eventually returned to the stage, reports jambands.com.

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The next day, Phish announced that it will be offering partial refunds to Friday ticket holders. The July 20 show, meanwhile, will go on with a promised three sets starting at 7 p.m. The venue’s strict curfew, however, calls for an 11:30 p.m. close.

The current Phish tour, celebrating the band’s 30th anniversary, has seen its share of weather-related issues. Phish postponed its first Toronto show in 13 years due to floods and power outages in the area. A performance at New York’s recently-rehabbed Jones Beach Amphitheater also saw severe storms.

Those wanting to watch tonight’s return to Northerly Island can do so via webcast.

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