VANCOUVER, B.C. (CN) – A woman says she was severely burned when a rock band’s guitarist set his instrument on fire and threw it, in flames, into the audience.
Celia Langston-Bergman sued promoters Tristan Orchard and Matea Sarenac dba Winnie Cooper, Chung Ti Charlie Yang, Lina Yang, Rachel Yang, Regina Yang and band members Ben Fussel and Tony Dallas.
Langston-Bergman says she “suffered severe burns to her body” at a May 14 concert when “defendant Dallas lit his guitar on fire with a combustible liquid and then threw, or alternative[ly] kicked, the combustible liquid and ignited guitar into the crowd.”
Dallas and Fussel perform under the name “Boogie Monster,” according to the complaint.
Aside from pain and suffering, Langston-Bergman says she’s incurred continuing medical expenses, that her injuries delayed her entry into a job, and that she cannot perform even “normal household services,” but must rely on friends and family members during her rehabilitation.
She seeks damages for pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life.
She is represented in B.C. Supreme Court by Andrew Spence, with DuMoulin Boskovich, Barristers and Solicitors.
Jimi Hendrix set his guitar on fire during shows occasionally, though he used a backup guitar to do it. And Jerry Lee Lewis splashed a grand piano with lighter fluid and set it on fire during a show. But neither of those rock heroes threw their axes into the crowd.