Dave Matthews Band fans have told EW how shocked they were to discover a man allegedly attempted to plant a bomb near Chicago’s Wrigley Field shortly after DMB had finished playing there on Saturday night. This Monday, the Chicago Tribune reported that a Lebanese immigrant named Sami Samir Hassoun had planted what he believed to be a bomb in a garbage bin outside the bar Sluggers. The “bomb” was in fact a harmless device given to him by undercover agents and Hassoun was immediately apprehended by police and FBI agents. According to the Tribune, Hassoun was motivated by a desire to undermine Mayor Richard Daley.
Dave Matthews Band fan Jeanette Balkiewicz, who attended the show in Chicago, told EW she found about the attempted bombing after DMB bassist Stefan Lessard wrote a tweet on Tuesday night in which he thanked the FBI for being “10 steps ahead of the Wrigley terrorist.” “I was very freaked out about it,” said Balkiewicz. “It was just like, ‘Wow, if the FBI was involved in it, that would be scary.’ I don’t think anybody thinks there’s any connection to the band. But we go to a lot of these shows and we’re always in this big huge crowd, and it’s just something to think about.”
Michelle Gust is another DMB fan who attended Saturday’s concert. “I was at Sluggers after the show,” she said. “We didn’t see anything out of the ordinary. We had no reason to suspect anything until we saw that story. I’ve gone to 26 [DMB] shows and I’ve never had a feeling of being insecure or feeling like I was at risk or anything. It kind of shocks you into a sense of anything can happen at any time.”
However, both Gust and Balkiewicz are adamant they have not been put them off attending future DMB shows. “I’ve seen them in concert 122 times, and I have put in requests for six shows on the fall tour,” says Balkiewicz. “I’m not scared to go to another show. I know it had nothing to do with the band.”
Were you at the show on Saturday? What did you think when you found about the alleged bombing attempt?
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