After a thunderstorm left eleven injured and brought the first day of the Tibetan Freedom Concert to a halt at Washington's RFK Stadium, both the victims and show organizers pressed on to find better news by the weekend's end.
The ticketholder who was most severely injured on Saturday, a 25-year-old woman, is in fair condition on Monday, and efforts are being made to have all the artists who played the show sign a get-well card to her.
Ten others were also hurt in the incident, in which a lightning bolt struck a metal bicycle rack being used as a security barrier (see "Lightning Silences Tibetan Freedom Concert As Fans Injured").
Fans who left the shortened show after it was halted four hours in were offered free admittance to a show by Radiohead (one of the bands whose set was washed out by Saturday's storm) at Washington's 9:30 Club Saturday night. Those who wound up on the better end of the
admittance policy for the show were treated to a short opening set by Pulp, and then saw R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe join Radiohead onstage for a performance of "Lucky."
On Sunday, the weather was more permitting, allowing many of the acts that were rained out on Saturday to finally perform. Saturday schedulees Radiohead and R.E.M. hit the stage Sunday and brought some of the musical cross-pollination they tried out at the 9:30 Club. Sonic Youth also managed to weather the storm and finally play on Sunday, but fellow Saturday performers Tracy Chapman and Beck could not reschedule due to prior commitments. Kraftwerk and Patti Smith were also no shows for the concert.
With President Clinton scheduled to visit China soon, Tibetan Freedom Concert organizers hoped the two-day concert would give them momentum going into a rally on the Capitol lawn Monday afternoon, and managed to draw a few hundred supporters for the event. Those who attended the rally got more
music with their message as R.E.M.'s Stipe, Peter Buck, and Mike Mills, Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke, Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell, Sean Lennon, and David Crosby turned in performances.