Over the weekend, Cher Lloyd, the 19-year-old pop star best known for her death-of-music single “Swagger Jagger,” was performing at the V Festival when she was hit by a bottle of pee thrown from someone in the audience. Probably because she was singing “Swagger Jagger.” According to the Guardian:
Two songs into her set, Lloyd was struck by a bottle and walked off stage. When she reappeared, she asked the audience to behave: “It’s hard enough being up here, but it’s not nice having bottles of piss chucked at you,” she said.
But the crowd was unrelenting. More missiles landed on stage and Lloyd called the whole thing off. “Thank you so much for all the nice messages, shame that a couple of people had to ruin it,” she wrote on Twitter. “Tomorrow is another day.” (Via)
Cheer up, Cher: you’ve now joined the likes of Alice Cooper, Ozzy Osbourne, and the Stooges by having something totally bizarre — and quite often disgusting — thrown at you during a concert. Here are some of the more random, often amusing incidents.
You can’t see it in the video above — taken from the 1976 live album Metallica K.O. — but during a 1974 performance at Detroit’s Michigan Palace, Iggy and the Stooges were pelted with eggs, ice, beer bottles, and jelly beans by angry bikers who were having none of his shirtless shenanigans.
The great music critic Lester Bangs was present, and he wrote:
The audience, which consisted largely of bikers, was unusually hostile, and Iggy, as usual, fed on that hostility, soaked it up and gave it back and absorbed it all over again in an eerie, frightening symbiosis. “All right,” he finally said, stopping a song in the middle, “you assholes wanta hear ‘Louie, Louie,’ we’ll give you ‘Louie, Louie.'” So the Stooges played a 45 minute version of “Louie Louie,” including new lyrics improvised by the Pop on the spot consisting of “You can suck my ass/You biker faggot sissies.” (Via)
If you watched VH1 for even 17 seconds in the 1990s, you know all about this story, involving Ozzy Osbourne mistakenly biting a real bat’s head off because they thought it was rubber. Been there.
Around the same time as the bat incident, Ozzy Osbourne would throw raw meat into the audience, and it didn’t take long before fans began doing the same. This would never happen today because fans wouldn’t want their cellphones covered with various entrails.
We played the Toronto Peace Festival with John Lennon, Yoko Ono, and the Doors. While we were on, somebody from the audience threw a chicken on stage. I’m from Detroit, I’m not a farm kid. I figured a chicken had wings, it’ll fly away. So I took the chicken and threw it and it didn’t fly. It went into the audience. Blood everywhere. The next day, everybody’s reading, “Alice Cooper rips chicken’s head off, drinks blood.” Zappa called me. He said, “Whatever you did, keep doing it.” To this day, wherever I’m booked the ASPCA is usually there, too. (Via)