Cradle of Filth isn't a band I write about here. They are not Glam, but extreme Metal. Their genre of music has nothing to do with today's post. Perhaps you've been following the story of Cradle of Filth and their recent abbreviated performance at Bloodstock Open Air in England. Some moron in the crowd decided to lob dense objects at the band, hitting guitarist Paul Allender in the spine, sending him straight to the hospital.
To all the morons that choose to throw objects from the pit to the stage, this is for you:
If you choose to throw objects at musicians during a show and I am in the pit, please beware. No, I won't touch you or assault you. I'm not common like that. I will, however, report you so fast to security, you'll be pulled from the pit before you can flash the Devil horns.
Idiots that choose to lob bottles (filled with either water, beer or urine), rocks, gobstoppers, apples, or whatever else: use caution. Musicians cannot see faces in the crowd. Lights make it near impossible to see off into the distance. A dense object flying hard and fast at a rock star can cause serious damage. Paul Allender of Cradle of Filth could have easily been killed. Is this how you party at festivals? I usually go to shows to see friends and hear music. I'm not interested in throwing shit at people that are basically defenseless. If you are reading this and you are the moron that attacked Paul, I pity you. I've been to shows when people throw bottles at the stage. The performers duck and then they get really pissed. Sometimes the artist just shrugs it off. Other times, there is a verbal warning. I think if I was on stage and someone threw a rock or whatever at me, I'd turn on my heels and walk away. No explanation necessary.
Have you thrown something hard at the stage? What is your intent? To look cool? To ruin a show for 40,000 other people that worked hard to pay for their tickets?
I never understood the point of throwing things at musicians. Are you wanting attention? Here's a newsflash: musicians are there to work. Yes, entertaining you is their job - but they don't need to pacify you, so stop being so damn clingy. Maybe you're reading this right now at your desk. Perhaps you are an accountant, lawyer or teacher. No matter the profession, I bet there would be hell to pay if someone lobbed a rock at your head or spine.
Such an assault would be all over the evening news.
I'm not sure why "pit attacks" don't make the main stream media. Maybe because finding the suspect is like hunting down the proverbial needle in a haystack. At any case, these attacks need media attention because they must stop. It's not just a hazard to the musicians - it's also dangerous to others in the crowd.
Be wary, pit attackers. I'm watching you and I go to a lot of shows.
The Glam Mistress