Atlanta (August 11, 2004)–A Hilary Duff concert at Atlanta’s Gwinnett Arena came to a screeching halt on Sunday when a loudspeaker burst into flames. Five songs into Duff’s set, the entertainer and her band were running through the title track from her triple-platinum CD, Metamorphosis, when the P2 loudspeaker began smoking and then caught fire, causing the band–and some patrons in the front row–to leave the area for safety reasons. No one was hurt.
The tour’s audio is being supplied by Clair Brothers Audio Nashville; accounts manager Ralph Mastrangelo, who was on hand during the incident, recounted, “Long story short, one 18-inch JBL 2241 just ignited. It wasn’t being driven too hard or anything; the system was operating just fine. By the time it came down, it was out–all the fireproofing inside it did its job, but we hit it with fire extinguishers anyway. Our guys did a fantastic job–they jumped all over it, swapped out that box and the one above it, which got a little burnt up, put it back up and resumed the show in about 20-25 minutes. Pretty darn cool, so kudos to my boys.”
An account posted to Duff’s website by her entourage recounted, “During the chorus of Hilary’s song, everyone back stage (sic) started to smell smoke. Just as I turned to asked (sic) one of the stage crew if they had a smoke fan for effects during the concert the speaker next to [guitarist] Jason Hook, burst into flames!….Hilary and her band ran off stage for safety. Fortunately, it did not get out of control. The stage crew kept everything cool and calm….”
Duff returned to the stage, and told the 10,000-member audience, “This is by far the craziest show ever. We don’t have any pyro in the show, so that was totally unexpected.” The act then finished the performance.