Loyal fans are like rare gems to a band, so it makes sense for that loyalty to be reciprocated because let's face it, humble musicians know that their dreams only came true because someone believed in them... their fans. I've done some research and have found a few videos where musicians are shown taking things into their own hands to protect and/or defend their fans.
1.) Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters): In this video, Foo Fighter's front man puts his performance on hold when he sees that someone has started a fight at their show. Ultimately, Grohl tells the jerk who insinuated the brawl to "get the fuck out of my show."
Lesson: If you throw a punch, you get thrown out.
2. Tyson Ritter (The All-American Rejects): It's annoying to go to a show only to have your view blocked by a camera. I imagine it's a similar feeling when a performer looks out into the crowd to see the faces of the people who have made their dreams come true only to see cameras and an iPad... yes, an iPad. After being told repeatedly to put his iPad away by annoyed fans and security, a fan in Cleveland, Ohio not only loses his iPad, but he also loses his dignity when he becomes the muse for a less than stellar song.
Lesson: Give the camera a break or get your camera broken.
Before you say anything, here's a video of Tyson handing the guy $1000 to replace the iPad. I'd say it was the best $1000 ever spent, he just did what everyone else wanted to do.
3.) Thom Yorke (Radiohead): When you go to a show to see your favourite band perform, you pretty much expect to lose your mind. There are times when situations get out of control and accidents happen. During a Radiohead show in Toronto, frontman, Thom Yorke noticed that an audience member wasn't doing well so he halted the song (at 2:25), in order to get the fan some proper help. (Date: 10/15/2003)
4.) Tim McGraw: I'ill be the first to admit that I'm not a fan of country music, but I do commend this famous country singer for ejecting a drunk man who hit a woman in the crowd. This actually isn't the only time when McGraw has come to the rescue.
Lesson: If you come out swinging, expect to get wrangled in.
5.) Morrissey:Morrissey kicks out an unruly audience member, with much approval from fans.
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Favorite TV Shows:
Curb Your Enthusiasm, Entourage, Family Guy, Friends., How To Make It In America, Once Upon A Time, Robin Hood (bbc america), South Park
1984, A Tree Grows In Brooklyn, Catch 22, Catcher in the Rye, Corn Flakes With John Lennon, Electric Koolaid Acid Test, Everything is Illuminated, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Fight Club, Invisible Monsters, Kafka On The Shore, On The Road, Siddhartha, The Bell Jar, The Dharma Bums, The Glass Bead Game, The Great Gatsby, The Illustrated Man, The Jungle, The Tin Drum, Wonderful Tonight