A 30ft Stage Dive is Good for VH1 Storytellers, Bad For the Fans

By Gerald Lynch on at

Having been in bands at various points in my life, I know it's tough to get people to take notice. No matter how good your songs are, how snappy your between-song banter, how shiny your Chelsea boots, you're always just one singer or band on an endless conveyor belt of singers and bands. It's tempting to try to do something crazy, something memorable. And some times that crazy, memorable thing is crazily dangerous, and memorably dumb.

Rapper George Watsky was playing as part of the Vans Warped Tour's Alexandra Palace gig in London. Getting taken away with the rush of a loving crowd, Watsky climbed the 30ft stage rigging. Presumably realising it'd take the best part of his set to climb back down the  conventional way, Watsky decided that a stage dive that would make Spider-Man blush was the best course of action.

Which of course, it wasn't. It doesn't take a genius to figure out that a fully-grown man jumping 30ft is going to come down heavily, and Watsky managed to break the arm of one female fan and hospitalise another guy in the crowd in the process.

"I feel fucking terrible" said a post-gig Watsky. Not as terrible as the broken-armed fan, no doubt! "I made a boneheaded decision that got people hurt, and it’s extremely lucky it wasn’t worse. Putting your own body on the line is one thing, but putting other people in harm’s way is inexcusable." Watsky's Altamont? [Gigwise, Metro]