Report: New High In Concert Deaths

Survey says 1999 worst year of the decade for fatalities, injuries, damage.

With almost 70 concert-related deaths in 1999, last year was the worst of the decade for safety at live music events, according to the Crowd Management Strategies consulting firm. The company expects to issue its eighth annual report on concert deaths, injuries and damage next month. The 1999 survey looked at 36 events in 12 countries, compiling information from media reports, eyewitness accounts and security staff interviews, according to company owner Paul Wertheimer. Contributing to the high death toll was a May beer festival in Minsk, Belarus, at which 53 people died in a crush to escape a violent storm, he said.