6 Times Bands Have Stopped A Show


It always seems to spread like wildfire when stuff goes down at a concert. Normally because a video goes viral, and this can be for positive and negative reasons. Sometimes I find myself locked into YouTube watching various videos from fighting the audience to checking a fan is okay. I find them pretty intriguing, and after recent events I thought I'd write down some of the times I found to be most interesting when a band has stopped a show.

Disclaimer: I'd like to point out that I do not dislike any of the bands on this list. I'm not hating on the bands, or even their actions. I think some of them are dumb, but no hard feelings are given in the making of this post.

Neck Deep

Let's kick this off with the on that inspired this post, Neck Deep. After recent events that seemed to spread like crazy on social media that you've probably heard of, Neck Deep got violent with security at a show after mistreating fans and their crew. From what I can see, the majority supports Neck Deep's decision to step in and stand up for their fans, against a security team that already had a bad reputation for being heavy handed, and I have to say that I agree with this. However, someone posted the opposite opinion on my Facebook feed, which taking into consideration I understand that the band may have taken it too far. Kicking someone in the head is not acceptable on any level, but I also think that if I was that fan I would like someone to step in and help me. One of the videos of the bands actions actually kind of shocked me, but in my opinion they seem like young guys that acted in the heat of the moment. Fights kick off all the time because of a mate sticking up for a mate, and I can imagine that when it comes down to it, a lot of people I know would have reacted the same way in this position, most likely even the person on my Facebook. Here's one angle of the night if you haven't seen it yet. What do you think? Either way, I think this will make the hardcore fans more loyal, and anyone else will just forget about it. Remember when Hayley Williams spat on a security guard? Probably not.


Next we have a more positive one with Sam Carter (Architects vocalist), calling out a fan in the crowd for sexual harassment on a girl crowdsurfing. This hit up Facebook just over two months ago, so you may have already seen it, but I'm glad that there are bands out there to expose this kind of stuff. A lot of people praised him, and I think it got a lot of people talking. Respect was definitely earned, and I hope that the guy who did it felt ashamed to be called out by a guy he presumably looks up to. Hopefully hearing it from Sam would have made it sink in, and prevent him from doing anything like it again.

Black Veil Brides

I'm going to throw it out there, I am a fan of Black Veil Brides. I enjoy their music, and thought they put on a good set at Download Festival 2016. I've watched interviews that I found funny, and I like their style. However, the thing I dislike about them, is the way that Andy Biersack stands up to haters during shows. This instance in Vancouver in particular. It's pretty inevitable that bottles will be thrown during their set, whether they're supporting a bigger band or playing a festival. For some reason people watch them, just to hate on them. There's numerous different videos on YouTube of him attempting to fight hecklers, and at this point you'd think it would be a 'rise above' situation but apparently not, as Andy even puffed out his chest when I saw them at Download, when a drink was thrown on stage. The things I don't like about this video:

  1. Stopping the show for the rest of the fans, just because of one person. Get security to remove them and carry on.
  2. Throwing things into the crowd. A mic to the head would probably hurt and unless he has great aim, he'd probably hit a fan instead. 
  3. Jumping into the crowd to get physical just makes you look like a drunken person in a nightclub. Also watch the fans that are getting pushed around because of it. 
  4. The audience cheering him on, super cringe.  

Marilyn Manson

Next up, the legendary Marilyn Manson. While playing a show on 30th September in New York this year, Manson attempted to climb a stage prop during his performance which came crashing down on top of him. The incident resulted in ending the rest of the show while the performer was taken to hospital, and following tour dates were cancelled as a result of his injuries. The stage prop consisted of two huge metal guns, attached together by scaffolding. Click here to view the incident for yourself.

Falling In Reverse

This next one is a band that has a lot of controversy and history. They're pretty much a go to band if you want to search concert drama on YouTube. Frontman Ronnie Radke has kicked out people for chanting 'I See Stars', and is the kind of person to stop the show to square up to a heckler. Most recently he refused to continue a show until the crowd agreed to sit down, which sadly only backfired when the crowd created a reverse chant, and hit him in the head with a beer. Lorenzo Antonucci created this video which basically sums up a whole lot of drama that's gone down at Ronnie's concerts; including him spitting at the crowd and throwing mic stands that injured a fan. Seeing as Lorenzo now stars in a Falling In Reverse music video, I'm pretty sure they straightened things out, and it seems that Ronnie has died down a little, well until the recent incident at Self Help.

Five Finger Death Punch

Lastly, ending on a more positive note, Ivan Moody. Who has stopped shows on multiple occasions but for better reasons, which mostly just consist on calling people out for their behaviour. He's stood up to a guy for kicking a chick in the face, and someone else for slamming another guy on his head. He demanded for someone to be brought back into the concert, who he thought was wrongfully kicked out, as well as stopping security from dragging out a girl. You can see how much he truly cares for his fans in these videos, and it makes me an even bigger fan of the frontman. 

Remember, it's not all doom and gloom. Concerts generally go off without a hitch and everyone has a great time. Multiple bands have paused shows to help injured fans including Bring Me The Horizon, Linkin Park, Corey Taylor, and even Bury Tomorrow when I saw them in Cardiff.

Let me know your thoughts on these videos in the comments, and if you have more to add leave a link so I can check them out! Thank you for reading, April

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