The Scottish Helicopter/Pub Tragedy: Ska Band Played On

You may have heard by now about the horrible accident in Glasgow where a police helicopter crashed through a pub called The Clutha, killing eight and injuring at least 14.  The crash happened as a ska band called Esperanza was performing.

At first, they thought that the collapsing ceiling was just a minor thing so they kept playing.  One member of the band apparently made some allusion to “bringing the roof down” with their performance.  But once the pub started filling with acrid black smoke, they stopped and everyone evaculated.  It wasn’t until they got outside that they realized what had happened.

More details at The Daily Telegraph.  Sample the band’s music below.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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