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Skydiggers bring 25th anniversary tour to News Café

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The Skydiggers are ready to return to the scene of arguably their most infamous show.

The Toronto-based roots band will perform at the West End Cultural Centre on Saturday night at 8 p.m. as part of its 25th anniversary tour.

But back in 1995 – when the band had only been around for seven years – they nearly became a news story for a very different reason.

Andy Maize, the band’s lead singer, said they were three or four songs into their first set when Cam Giroux, the drummer for Weeping Tile, which had opened the evening, was suddenly at his shoulder.

"I thought, ‘Hey Cam, what are you doing on stage?’ And he told me, 'The floor is collapsing,’" he said.

Despite asking people to move back from the front of the stage and "dance sexy" instead of jumping up and down, the risk was too great and the show was cancelled a few minutes later.

"We’ve had our structural engineers in to check out the foundation and everything is fantastic," Maize said.

Maize was joined by guitarist Josh Finlayson for an interview and short performance at the Winnipeg Free Press News Café Wednesday morning.

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