While performing with Maroon 5 in Anaheim in April 2015, Adam Levine encountered a female fan who jumped up on stage and rushed at him. According to US Weekly, he attempted to avoid her for several moments, before finally putting his arm around her as security approached. As she was taken away, The Voice judge turned to the audience and said, “That was f***ing weird, right?…She like, cut my ear with her fingernail.” But you know what’s truly weird? The fact that Adam Levine actually has fans.
While performing at the Comedy Store in Manchester in 2006, Australian comedian and Legit star Jim Jefferies had a rather vicious encounter with an enraged heckler. After Jefferies dealt with a loud female heckler during his show, a male heckler on the other side of the room became irate. The male heckler got up and went to the bar area, where he ranted and punched the walls, according to the Manchester Evening News. A few minutes later, he ran back into the showroom, where he rushed the stage and struck Jefferies in the face, leaving him with a black eye. Audience members rushed to Jefferies’ aid, and pulled the attacker off of him. Ever the professional, Jefferies finished his show. Years later, he incorporated the story of the attack into his show, making his rep as a comic truly legit.
America’s first next top model Adrianne Curry once had an encounter with a fan who was a little too frisky for his own good, to put it lightly. According to The Daily Mail, Curry, dressed in Princess Leia’s Return of the Jedi bikini, encountered a drunken cosplayer at a Star Wars convention in Florida. While laying in the bushes outside the convention center, the man reached up her skirt and groped her. He was reported to have attempted to start fights with other people waiting outside as well. He was later arrested. Curry described the incident on Twitter, saying, “The man was trying to attack me, over and over,” as well as trying to do other unmentionable things to her. Considering what happens to Jabba the Hutt while Leia’s dressed in that outfit (she chokes him to death), the guy definitely should’ve just kept his hands to himself.
Paul McCartney wasn’t just attacked by one deranged fan, but an entire mob while in Mexico City in 2010. After a show at Foro Sol Stadium, McCartney’s tour bus took a wrong turn and wound up in a very bad part of town, even by Mexico City standards. There, a group of youths stood in the way of the bus and forced it to stop. At first, the security team thought it was just a group of fans, until the youths started scaling up onto the roof of the bus, where they began to jump up and down and rock it, according to The Mirror. Security then called the police, who rushed to McCartney’s aid. Though shaken, McCartney made it out without injury. But we’re sure this must have made him long for the good old days when he was mobbed by screaming girls.
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Most of us know the story of how 50 Cent was shot nine times early on in his career, but most of us don’t know that this wasn’t the last time someone attacked him. In 2010, the rapper was attacked on stage while performing in Salvador, Brazil. According to MTV News, a male fan ran up onto the stage and grabbed 50 Cent. Luckily, security wasn’t too far behind the fan, and they immediately tackled him to the ground and hauled him off the stage, but not before one of 50’s entourage delivered a few punches to the attacker. Though a bit shaken, 50 managed to continue performing and finish the show. Fortunately, no other audience member got “Rowdy, Rowdy” that night.
The X Factor winner and pop songstress Leona Lewis was assaulted by a fan at a 2009 book signing in London. As she signed copies of her memoir Dreams at Waterstone’s in central London, Peter Kowalczyk, who had been in line for five hours, punched her in the head, while screaming, “I love you,” according toThe Mirror. Not the best way to win a girl’s heart. But his anger doesn’t stem from just waiting in line for so long. It turns out that Kowalczyk was rejected from The X Factor during the season in which Lewis won the competition. Following his arrest, Kowalczyk was held for psychiatric evaluation. Proof he wasn’t in touch with reality: he didn’t realize that Simon Cowell was the one he probably wanted to punch.
Apparently, fans jumping on stage to hug Morrissey is a regular occurrence. To his credit, Morrissey has gotten used to it over the years and continues with his show as it happens, never once missing a lyric. But once at a 2014 concert in San Jose, a few fans got a little excited to see the soulful singer, according toHuffington Post. In a blurry video of the incident, several fans can be seen jumping on stage and essentially piling onto Morrissey, bringing the show to a halt. One fan can be heard asking if Morrissey’s dead. Of course, he didn’t die, but he and the rest of his band left the stage. We don’t have to ask him to know that that wasn’t what he wanted at all.
Music icon Bob Marley wasn’t just attacked. Several gunmen tried to assassinate him two days before the free “Smile Jamaica” concert he gave in his homeland. The motivations and politics are too complicated to go into here, but suffice to say, some people were angry that the apolitical Marley held a concert in conjunction with the political party in power on the island at the time. Thus, several gunmen invaded his home and fired at Marley and his wife. Marley’s wife sustained serious injuries, but later made a full recovery. Marley only suffered a shot in the arm, and the bullet remained lodged in his arm for the rest of his life. Undaunted, Marley held his concert two days later. When asked why he still performed, Marly responded, “The people who are trying to make this world worse aren’t taking a day off. How can I?” The gunmen were never caught, but theories and rumors to their identities exist, some of which became the basis for the novel A Brief History of Seven Killings.
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