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Saturday 27 May 2017

Patti Smith leads Roskilde tribute

Patti Smith led a tribute to the nine people who died
Patti Smith led a tribute to the nine people who died

Patti Smith headed up a memorial in Denmark to the people who died at a Pearl Jam gig ten years ago.

The Horses singer played at the Roskilde festival, where ten years ago nine people were crushed against an outdoor stage.

Opening the four-day festival, Patti threw nine roses on the audience after band member Lenny Kaye read the victims' names.

Nine people died and 43 were injured on June 30, 2000, when crowds numbering about 50,000 pushed forward during a Pearl Jam gig.

A probe found that "a chain of unfortunate circumstances" led to the deaths after a poor sound system prompted fans to surge toward the stage to hear better.

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