Fear & Sorrow: Manchester Bombing Shakes Music Fans

Will it change the concert scene in WNY & Beyond?

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(WBEN)  After last night's explosion at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester England, The US Dept. Of Homeland Security said  "At this time, we have no information to indicate a specific credible threat involving music venues in the United States."  But concerts are so universal that events like this are likely to strike as much of a chord with concert goers, as the  musicians on stage after stage across the globe.

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  "The artist Ariana Grande, ironically called her tour 'A Dangerous Woman Tour.' It is the same tour that was here in Buffalo in February,' says Star 102.5's Rob Lucas.

" I think there are a lot of people waking up this morning who went to that show in Buffalo, and had the time of their life. And they know exactly what they were feeling when that show ended, when they were leaving the arena, and they are putting themselves in the place of people the people who were in England last night." 

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At least 22 concert goers were killed and about 60 others were wounded in the Monday night bombing, with six area hospitals treating the victims by Tuesday morning. As young concert-goers left the show  some wearing the star's trademark kitten ears and holding pink balloons as they fled.

Police say a suicide bomber detonated explosives at the Manchester Arena and ISIS has claimed responsibility.  

Related: Read The latest on the Manchester Bombing

Teenage screams filled the arena just after the explosion Monday night, which also killed the attacker and injured dozens.  Police say some of the dead were children  presumably exiting the concert to be re-united with their parents .

 "It's one of those rites of passage, growing up, you are becoming a big kid. You go to the concert by yourself and meet your parents after,' says Kiss98.5's Nicholas Picholas.  "The incident in Manchester changed it all on how that might work now." .

Hear more with Nicholas on The WBEN Liveline

Grande, who had just left the stage, was unhurt, taking to Twitter to say: "From the bottom of my heart, I am so, so sorry. I don't have words." 

In the wake of the bombing, a lot of artists are wondering how to keep their fans safe. 

"They are really trying to understand how this effects things going forward. How do you get on stage, knowing that something like this is happening in the world, that your fans are possibly under attack, that at music venues around the world this could happen,' says ABC entertainment correspondent Jason Nathanson. 

Hear more from Nathanson, on The WBEN Liveline


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