Styx, Foreigner tour buses burst into flame four days before Bangor concert

Styx_in_OmahaAccording to reports filed by a CBS affiliate in Philadelphia and by the Philadelphia Inquirer, tour buses for the bands Styx and Foreigner — scheduled to perform as part of the Machias Savings Bank Concert Series at the Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion this Saturday, July 5 in Bangor — burst into flame Wednesday afternoon while parked near Penn’s Landing, a Waterfront area in the central part of Philadelphia.

No one was on board the buses at the time. The buses were used by crew members on Styx and Foreigner’s summer tour. According to the stories filed by the Philadelphia media outlets, no injuries were reported and it is not yet known what caused the blaze, which apparently began on one of Styx’s buses before spreading to a Foreigner bus.

The fires were reported at 12:24 p.m. and placed under control less than 20 minutes later, a spokeswoman said. 

The bands are set to play Thursday night at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, New Jersey and at the Toyota Pavilion in Scranton, Pennsylvania on Friday before heading to Maine on Saturday. At around 3 p.m. representatives from Foreigner posted a TMZ article about the fires on their Facebook page and noted that “Thankfully the buses were not occupied, and band and crew are OK.” As of 4 p.m. Wednesday, the tour will continue on as scheduled.

Emily Burnham

About Emily Burnham

Emily Burnham is a Maine native, a UMaine graduate, a proud Bangorian and an arts and lifestyle writer for the Bangor Daily News, where she's worked since 2004. She reports on everything from local bands to local food, from media and the Internet to theater and dance. In her quest for stories, she's seen countless concerts and plays, been lobster fishing, interviewed celebrities, hung out with water buffalo and played in a ukulele orchestra, to name just a few. She's interested in everything -- especially if it happens in Maine. She welcomes any and all feedback or suggestions for stories.