SZA had a ‘better safe than sorry’ approach at her show in the wake of the deadly tragedy at the Astroworld Festival earlier this month.
During her concert on Thursday, at the Union Event Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, the singer stopped in the middle of her performance when she noticed someone in the audience had passed out, according to TMZ.
Genuinely concerned for the fans, the Power Is Power star demanded stage hands get water out the audience, and then made a point of addressing the crowd about taking safety precautions following the crowd crush at the festival founded by rapper Travis Scott.
Safety first: SZA stopped her performance at the Union Event Center in Salt Lake City, Utah last Thursday after she noticed a fans in the audience had passed out; seen November 5, 2021 in Houston at the tragic Astroworld Festival, where 10 people have since died
‘Yes I have played concerts where people have passed out before,’ SZA (born Solána Imani Rowe), 32, told the audience, before turning to the side of the stage to ask for water, in a video captured by a TikTok user that was posted by TMZ.
‘If I have water in the back, if I have personal water, then just bring all the water to the front,’ she demanded.
The singer then began to scan the crowd by walking to the other side of the stage.
Addressing fans: ‘Yes I have played concerts where people have passed out before,’ SZA (born Solána Imani Rowe) said, in a reference to the Astroworld tragedy, moments after stopping; seen November 5, 2021 in Houston
‘Some might think, “hey people pass out all the time, blah, blah, blah,” she said to the crowd, before making a reference to the deadly Astroworld tragedy that happened on November 5.
‘But people don’t die at concerts all the time,’ she explained to make her point, which got a loud roar in response. ‘None of us should ever forget that.’
She continued, ‘Some things end up shifting and shaping and changing the way you do s**t forever… and that’s a good thing.’
After shuffling around the stage for a moment she thanked fans ‘for being patient’, while people get help to that passed out concertgoer.
A second video, seemingly taken moments later, shows SZA engaging with the audience, in a likely move to help keep people informed and to keep the peace.
Scary situation: At one point, SZA described the distressed fans as being ‘literally flat out; like passed the f**k out TM; like flat on the ground’
‘This person is literally flat out; like passed the f**k out TM; like flat on the ground,’ she said of the distresses fan, adding, ‘It’s important that we need to know that they are okay.’
After professing her love to fans, she took another strong gaze toward the area where that person was passed out, and turned back to stage left and asked about the status of the medic.
‘Wait, where the f**k is the medic?’ she asked with an urgent tone to her voice.
SZA, who actually performed at the Astroworld Festival earlier in the day of the tragedy, then apologized to the crowd for getting angry.
The investigation into the deadly Astroworld tragedy shows more than 260 people had already been treated by medics eight minutes before headliner Travis Scott hit the stage, according to CNN.
A log of events also revealed things took a turn for the worse about a half hour into the rapper’s performance, with police reporting: ‘multiple people trampled, passed out in front of the stage.’
The latest on Astroworld: The investigation into the Astroworld tragedy shows more than 260 people had already been treated by medics eight minutes before headliner Travis Scott hit the stage, according to CNN
Minutes later, a police operator reported five 911 calls about ‘unconscious persons in crowd, and a ‘report of possible CPR.’
Over the course of the next 19 minutes a ‘Level One MCI – mass casualty incident – was reported.
As of Sunday night, 10 people have died during the crowd crush, more than 300 fans more were treated for injuries, and about a dozen more are still hospitalized.
Tragic outlook: As of Sunday night, 10 people died during the crowd crush, more than 300 fans more were treated for injuries, and about a dozen more are still hospitalized