A sold-out Milwaukee concert with the band Ghost was canceled in progress Thursday after a fan collapsed.
The Swedish metal band — performing at the 2,500-capacity Riverside Theater — had just announced an intermission around 9:15 p.m. when a man in the pit fell to the ground, concertgoer Alexander Stafford told the Journal Sentinel.
Fans flagged security for help, CPR was issued, and people were cleared out of the venue, Stafford said. Around 9:45 p.m., security began telling people that the show was canceled, he said.
“Tonight, in Milwaukee, there was a medical emergency with one of our fans,” Ghost said in a statement on Twitter late Thursday. “We decided not to continue out of respect to him and his family. Ghost and all who work with us ask that you please send the family your thoughts, prayers and respect their privacy during this time.”
The Milwaukee Fire Department confirmed that a man at the Riverside was transported to a hospital Thursday night, according to WDJT-TV (Ch. 58). His name and condition were not immediately known.
Ghost’s concert fell on the eve of the Friday release of its fourth studio album “Prequelle.” Earlier Thursday the band had teased on social media that it would be making a midnight appearance in Milwaukee. The Exclusive Company had also announced a special midnight opening at its East Side store to celebrate the album’s release.
After the show was canceled, Ghost’s social media posts hinting at a Milwaukee appearance were taken down.