30 Years Ago: Stampede at AC/DC Concert Leaves Three Fans Dead

The band had barely launched into its opening song – “Thunderstruck,” the hit single from 1990’s The Razor’s Edge – when a sea of fans rushed towards the stage. The venue, the Salt Palace, had booked the show as a general admission event with no assigned seating. More than 13,000 people were in attendance that night, and the free-for-all for premium spots led to a mad dash for the front row. The stampede quickly got out of control with bodies crushed against one another.

The AC/DC Concert Stampede That Killed 3 People

AC/DC played a concert at Salt Lake City on January 18, 1991 and of the 13,294 fans who came to see the legendary rock band, not one could have foreseen that the night will end up in three deaths.

Remembering The Tragedy At Salt Lake City, Three Teens Die After AC/DC Concert

Many memorable moments accompanied amazing AC/DC concerts throughout the years but, one show at Salt Lake City will forever be remembered as tragic. Yesterday marked thirty years since the tragic show in the US, when three teenagers tragically lost their lives.

The Crush at An Ac/dc Concert Brings Death to Three Young Fans

It’s not every day that the monster Australian heavy-metal rock hand AC/DC plays Salt Lake City. So the one-show-only Jan. 18 concert at the downtown Salt Palace seemed a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to some young Utah fans. They stood in line overnight to buy the $18 tickets, determined to be there if it was the last thing they ever did. Tragically, for three teenagers, it was.


The families of three teenagers killed during a Jan. 18, 1991, AC/DC concert at the Salt Palace have settled out of court with the rock band, Salt Lake County and others sued in the wake of the tragedy.

Concert of Death : Cities Rethink ‘Festival Seating’ After Three AC/DC Fans Die

More than 13,000 fans were packed into the Salt Palace that Jan. 18 night to see the Australian hard-rock band AC/DC and 14-year-old Curtis Child had managed to elbow his way into a choice spot near the front of the main floor.

AC/DC Case

When AC/DC takes the stage Thursday evening, most everyone agrees, there’s little chance of a repeat of the tragedy that occurred the last time the heavy-metal rock band came to Utah.

On Jan. 18, 1991, three teenagers were killed at an AC/DC concert in the old Salt Palace Acord Arena. Fourteen-year- olds Curtis Child of Logan and Jimmie L. Boyd of Salt Lake City, and 19-year-old Brigham Young University student Elizabeth Glausi were crushed to death when the crowd in front of the stage surged forward just after the band began playing

Suit sparks seating debate

The three deaths being blamed on general admission seating at the Jan. 18 AC/DC concert in Salt Lake City have resulted in at least one lawsuit and another reassessment of the seating method.

Bruce Child of Logan, Utah, father of one of the three teenagers crushed to death during the AC/DC concert at the Salt Palace Arena, has filed an $8 million suit against the band, the arena’s managers and security firm and the show’s promoters. Action alleges “willful, malicious conduct.”

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