10.28.2006

A (Not So) Complete History of Onstage Altercations

The blogosphere has been abuzz recently with the video of Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy choking an overly-excited fan who jumped on stage to plant a sloppy wet kiss on the singer:

Jeff Tweedy Punches Fan | Viral | SPIKE.com

But the Tweedy incident is no new phenomenon. The classic Maysles brothers documentary “Gimme Shelter,” captures the stabbing of a black man at a Rolling Stones concert at Altamont Motor Speedway in California in 1969. During the song “Under My Thumb,” a gun-toting attendee was stabbed to death by the Hell’s Angels who were providing security:

Maynard from Tool embarrasses this tool by first flipping him onto his back and then singing the rest of the song lying on top of him:

After a redneck security guard decks Kurt Cobain post-stage dive, an onstage melee ensues:

Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong goes after a mohawked asshole at a 1997 show:

What happens when you try to steal someone’s guitar right off of the stage? This:

Guitar Theft | Viral | SPIKE.com

And it isn’t just rockers who have to deal with violence at their shows. Snoop Dogg’s entourage takes no chances with this unlucky concert-goer who decides he wants to be a part of the Dogg Pound:

Snoop Fan Gets A Beatdown | Viral | SPIKE.com

Most rock bands never tour South America, so they won’t likely have to suffer the same fate as this metal band who accidentally mentions the name of a rival soccer team:

And though this final clip doesn’t exactly fit the bill since it takes place backstage instead of on it, it’s still pretty great to see former Misfit Glenn Danzig get clocked:

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1 lonely comment

  1. Pretty Lush says:

    Maynard Keenan: Singing Ninja!