10 Rock Musicians Hit By Objects On Stage

When Audiences Attack Performers

Performers getting hit by audience-thrown objects has become an all too common occurrence at concerts and festivals. No musicians, from an opening act to a headliner, deserves to have anything thrown at them while performing. But even the most legendary artists are not spared this indignity. Often the offenders are unruly 'fans' with expensive seats and others are individuals who want to show their disapproval for a band. All of these people are looking to disrupt performances and sometimes injure the performers. Below are ten incidents in which musicians were hit by objects thrown at them during their shows. Warning: Many of the linked videos contain profanity from the performers and are not safe for work (NSFW). 

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2012: Red Hot Chili Peppers' Anthony Kiedis Hit By A Water Bottle

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Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis was hit by a water bottle halfway through singing "Don't Stop" at a concert in Dallas, Texas. "Bottling (concert abuse)" is defined by Wikipedia as "when a concert audience throws various objects at the performers onstage." After the bottling, Kiedis finished the song professionally, but after the song he lashed out at the offender saying, "I wanna see that mother****** after the show." The bottling occurs at the 3:47 mark in this video.

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2011: Everclear Frontman Art Alexakis Bottled

Everclear singer Art Alexakis previously had some of his front teeth knocked loose when he was hit by a shoe during a 1998 Australian concert during the So Much For The Afterglow Tour. Two nights later a stagehand was burned by a lit explosive thrown onstage, which nearly led the band to break up. Later on the same Australian tour, Alexakis was hit by another shoe while the crowd sang "Happy Birthday" to him, which led to the cancellation of that leg of the tour. At the 2011 Dogwood Festival in North Carolina, Alexakis was bottled while performing with a revamped Everclear lineup after stopping an impromptu jam of Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama". The incident occurs at 1:33 in this video

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2010: Guns N' Roses' Axl Rose Bottled

Guns N' Roses' Axl Rose has been targeted by "bottlers" for many years. Rose seems to have mellowed with age. Instead of automatically storming offstage and ending the show after being bottled, Rose warns the audience (through an interpreter) not to throw things onstage again in this 2010 Lima, Peru, concert video. Rose did end a show in Dublin, Ireland, due to a bottling incident as shown in this NSFW video the same year after arriving hours late onstage, which Guns N' Roses' audiences should be used to by now. 

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2008: Queens of the Stone Age Frontman Josh Homme Bottled

Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme infamously stopped a song after being bottled at an Oslo, Norway, concert in 2008. After an expletive-laced angry rant, Homme got the rare opportunity to actually bottle the bottler himself as shown in this NSFW video. The incident led to accusations of homophobia directed at Homme for using the other "F-word" and other slurs. 

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2006: Panic! At The Disco Singer Brandon Urie Bottled And Knocked Unconscious

Panic! At The Disco singer Brandon Urie was hit by a full water bottle & knocked unconscious in this video from England's 2006 Reading Festival, forcing him to be taken to the hospital. Bottling has become an increasingly common event at the English music festivals over the years. My Chemical Romance (2006 Download Festival) and 50 Cent (2004 Reading Festival) were both unable to perform due to bottling incidents.

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2004: David Bowie Gets A Thrown Lollipop Stick Stuck In His Eye Socket

David Bowie had a lollipop thrown at him at the 2004 Norwegian Wood Festival in Oslo, Norway. Amazingly the lollipop stick stuck in his left eye socket. Bowie had already lost sight in that eye and it was discolored due to a childhood accident. Bowie was understandably angry as heard in this audio clip with photos of the incident. Ever the professional, Bowie continued the concert and vowed to play an even longer show. 

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2003: Limp Bizkit Frontman Fred Durst Bottled

Limp Bizkit singer Fred Durst was hit by bottles and coins during a concert at Chicago's Hawthorne Racetrack while opening for Metallica on the 2003 Summer Sanitarium tour with Linkin Park, Deftones, and Mudvayne. Apparently the throwers were fans of rock and metal but not rap-metal. The band was reportedly booed as soon as they hit the stage. As shown in this video, Durst was bottled leading Limp Bizkit to end their set after six songs. This caused Durst to reportedly go on a homophobic rant and challenge audience members to a fight.

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2002: The Who's Singer Roger Daltrey Bottled

The Who lead singer Roger Daltrey was hit by a bottle while playing a concert at New York's Madison Square Garden, seen at the 1:13 mark on this video. Daltrey and Pete Townshend both scolded the crowd after the incident. Townshend later jokingly instructed the audience to only throw "watches, cameras, wallets, credit cards, your girlfriends..." before seriously telling them "don't throw anything."

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1995: Pavement Band Members Hit With Mud and Rocks

Members of the band Pavement played an opening slot at Lollapalooza in West Virginia in 1995 and were repeatedly hit by mud during their show. They continued to play until a rock hit frontman Stephen Malkmus ended the show as shown in this documentary video.

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1990: Jane's Addiction singer Perry Farrell Hit By A Shoe

In this classic Jane's Addiction live video, the young, tattoo-less band performed "Ain't No Right" at the Hollywood Palladium on Dec. 19, 1990. When the song ended at 2:37 in this video, Perry Farrell was struck by a Birkenstock sandal. Ferrell's classic response was to mock the thrower who, he said, obviously, "doesn't even understand fashion."