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July 2, 2000


COPENHAGEN, JULY 1 (AP) - Fans surged toward the stage at a Pearl Jam concert, killing at least eight people and injuring three others at one of Europe's largest rock festivals, police said.


The crush occurred shortly before midnight local time Friday, police said. Band members called on the crowd to move back before canceling their performance, Danish radio said.


"Several people were crushed or trampled to death," police said in a statement. Police said the identities of the victims were not immediately available.


Details were still sketchy about how the tragedy occurred. The injuries occurred while Pearl Jam was playing at the Roskilde festival's main stage. After the band called on fans to get back from the stage, the message was repeated over the loudspeakers, Danish radio said.


The U.S. band stopped its performance, and a performance by The Cure that was to follow was canceled.


The annual festival, which last year was attended by some 100,000 people, began Thursday and is scheduled to end Sunday. 


The Roskilde festival, first held in 1971, was inspired by the 1969 Woodstock Festival in the United States. It is held annually on a farm in Roskilde, 40 kilometers (25 miles) west of the capital, openhagen.


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