Renowned singer Adele used her platform during a recent residency at Caesars Palace to address the concerning trend of concert attendees hurling objects at performers. The plea comes after several incidents involving artists struck by projectiles during their shows.
During her performance, Adele took a moment to draw attention to the decline in show etiquette. Video footage posted on TikTok captured the Grammy-winning artist expressing her frustration, stating, “Have you noticed how people are, like, forgetting f**king show etiquette at the moment, throwing s**t onstage?”
Injecting humour into the situation, the singer playfully challenged the audience, daring them to throw something at her while she propelled T-shirts into the crowd using a launcher. She emphasized, “I f**king dare you, dare you to throw something at me. Stop throwing things at the artist!”
Charlie Puth condemns unruly behaviour
Adele’s comments echo recent incidents involving other musicians. Bebe Rexha and Kelsea Ballerini were struck in the face by objects during their respective performances. Bebe was forced to conclude her concert prematurely and seek medical attention for stitches, while Kelsea took a brief break before resuming her set.
The issue escalated further when an individual tossed their late mother’s ashes onto the stage during a Pink concert, and another concertgoer slapped Ava Max across the face.
Joining Adele in condemning this alarming trend, singer Charlie Puth recently called on his fans to put an end to the behaviour. In a tweet last week, he expressed his concerns, stating, “This trend of throwing things at performers while they are on stage must come to an end. (Bebe, Ava, AND NOW Kelsea Ballerini…),” he tweeted last week. “It’s so disrespectful and very dangerous. Please just enjoy the music, I beg of you…”
The incidents highlight the need for concert attendees to respect performers’ safety and artistic integrity, fostering an environment where artists can showcase their talents without fear of harm. As the issue gains attention within the music industry, it is hoped that concertgoers will heed the calls for tremendous respect and appreciation during live performances.
Here are some incidents of fans throwing objects at artists during live concerts:
- In 2022, Bebe Rexha was hit in the face with a phone during a concert in Atlanta. She was left with bruises and cuts, and she had to cancel the rest of her tour dates.
- In 2022, a fan slapped Ava Max in the face during a concert in Stockholm. She was not seriously injured, but the incident shook her up.
- In 2022, Kelsea Ballerini was hit in the head with a bracelet during a concert in Nashville. She was not seriously injured, but she was upset by the incident.
- In 2021, Harry Styles was hit in the eye with a sweet during a concert in London. He was not seriously injured but was taken to the hospital for treatment.
- In 2021, Pink was hit with a bag of human ashes during a concert in Las Vegas. She was not seriously injured, but the incident understandably shook her up.
These are a few examples of fans throwing objects at artists during live concerts. This behaviour is not only disrespectful to the artists, but it can also be dangerous. In some cases, fans have been arrested and charged with assault for throwing objects at artists.
There are a few reasons why fans might throw objects at artists during live concerts. Some fans do it to show their appreciation for the artist. Others do it as a way of getting attention or making a scene. Still, others do it out of anger or frustration.
Whatever the reason, throwing objects at artists is never acceptable. It is a dangerous and disrespectful behaviour that can have serious consequences.