Performing live in front of thousands, or even hundreds of thousands of people can be a thrill, but it also comes with a few hazards and unruly fans can be one of these. You’d think that people who pay good money to go and see a band or solo artist perform would want to stay the duration of the concert, but it turns out that not everyone goes in with the best intentions.
Take a look at the famous acts that got fed up mid show and ejected a fan from the audience, or simply stopped their shows for other good reasons.
Dave Grohl has a reputation for being one of the nicest men in rock n roll, and when a fan got unruly in a mosh pit he stopped a concert and had him removed. When Grohl spotted the man misbehaving he stopped the show, called out the guy, told him that his behaviour was unacceptable and security stepped in to toss him out.
During a Linkin Park show, the late Chester Bennington stopped preforming when he saw a fan get accidently knocked out during a heavy song. The medics were called and the fan taken to safety.
After noticing a female fan being inappropriately touched and harassed, Staind front man Aaron Lewis stopped performing and went on a tirade. The girl was crowd surfing and fans were touching her as she was being pushed around, Lewis halted play and unleashed a profanity ridden well deserved stream of vitriol at those who were involved.
This time around the band stopped the show to prevent one of their security staff from hurting a fan. Frontman Jake Taylor saw the security step in and begin choking one of the fans, and the fan was trying to tell them he couldn’t breathe. Taylor called out the security and told him to back off.
Ivan Moody pulled the plug mid song to call out a guy who he saw kick a girl in the face on purpose. Moody not only called the guy out, he also had him removed from the venue.
Dave spotted a child in trouble in the crowd and called him on stage. The kid was taken on stage and Dave kept a watchful eye on him till he could be taken to safety, making him even luckier than those who win big playing the online Blackjack Canada has to offer.
Saving the best for last, Nickleback didn’t just stop their show temporarily after a fan behaved badly they ended it altogether. 2 songs in to their show in Portugal front man Chad Kroeger asks if there are any fans in the audience as they had been pelted with objects since they started their set.
After asking if the crowd wants rock n roll or to go home, Kroeger gets hit in the back of the head, and the band leaves the stage, waving middle finger salutes as they go…