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Morbid Angel Comment On The Tornado-Related Tragedy At Their Show In Belvidere, IL Last Night: “We Lost A Brother In Metal” (Updated)


Update: April 02nd, 2023 11:04 AM:

GoFundMe‘s for some of the victims of this past weekend’s Morbid Angel, Revocation, etc. show have been launched online. One is for the family of Fred Livingston Jr., who lost his life in the roof collapse. Another woman was left with a broken spine, ten broken ribs and more. You can donate to those campaigns here and here respectively.

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Original Story:

Veteran death metal horde Morbid Angel have issued a new statement in response to the tragedy that occurred during their headlining show last night (March 31st) at The Apollo Theatre in Belvidere, IL. During that concert, which also featured Revocation, Crypta and Skeletal Remains, what is believed to have been an EF-1 tornado touched down upon the venue.

The twister collapsed sections of the roof inward, leaving 50-year-old concertgoer Frederick Forest Livingston, Jr. dead. Some 40 others were left injured in the collapse, which not only demolished the roof of the venue, but also pulled the marquee off the facade of the building.

Crypta‘s touring RV was also left demolished by the wreckage. You can find footage and pictures from the aftermath of the horrific incident last night here.

Livingston‘s sister told ABC 7 that he was attending the show with his son, who escaped without serious injury. She said of her fallen sibling:

“On behalf of the family of Frederick Forest Livingston, Jr. Fred was a son, brother, father, uncle and grandpa. Fred was a car (proud owner of a 1967 GTO) and Heavy Metal enthusiast. Fred had a big heart and cared for others deeply. Please keep all of Fred’s family and friends in your thoughts. Please respect our privacy.”

In a statement issued earlier today, April 01st, Morbid Angel offered:

“On behalf of Morbid Angel, we want to first and foremost send our deepest and heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the individual who tragically lost their life last night in the venue roof collapse due to heavy winds from a Tornado.

We lost a brother in Metal last night, and many were hurt and injured in this tragedy. We would like to express how truly thankful we are for those in attendance (Fans, Venue Staff, Bands and Crew) that assisted with getting people out and to safety. We want to thank the First responders (Fire, EMT, Police) that were on the scene quickly and were able to help in getting people out of the venue and to hospitals for treatment as quickly as possible.


At this time our minds continue to remain with all those who were injured and hospitalized, as well as everyone who was effected by the storms in the surrounding area. We truly hope for a fast recovery of all who were injured.

As a result of the events of last night, we are working to re-scheduling tonight’s show in Joliet, IL to Wednesday April 5th. With that said, our focus remains with the Victims of this terrible storm.


Per Morbid Angel‘s statement the tour will continue on, with the following dates remaining:

With Skeletal Remains:

04/02 Hobart, IN – The Art Theater
04/04 Ft. Wayne, IN – Piere’s
04/05 Joliet, IL – The Forge

With Vitriol:

04/06 Flint, MI – Machine Shop
04/07 Cincinnati, OH – Riverfront Live
04/08 Columbus, OH – The King Of Clubs
04/09 Pittsburgh, PA – Jergel’s
04/11 New York, NY – Gramercy Theater
04/12 Philadelphia, PA – Warehouse On Watts
04/13 Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall
04/14 Albany, NY – Empire Live
04/15 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
04/16 Baltimore, MD – Soundstage
04/18 Knoxville, TN – The Concourse
04/19 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
04/21 Tampa, FL – Orpheum
04/22 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room

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