Mac DeMarco was arrested at his own show last year in California. After a spot of crowd surfing, the cheeky scamp climbed the venue's ceiling beams and was arrested upon returning to the stage. He’s not alone: there’s a florid list of musicians who’ve found themselves cuffed on stage or just afterwards.
On December 10, 1967, Jim Morrison was arrested on stage during a concert at New Haven. Before the show he’d been told by a cop – who didn’t realise who he was - to leave the backstage area. Morrison mocked ‘the little blue man, in the little blue cap’ and the police carted him off.
You could say GG Allin was close to being arrested every day of his life to be honest. The notorious naked poo-throwing rascal made a habit of assaulting willing fans at his shows and covering himself in shit. He was arrested a whopping 52 times for indecent exposure, assault and battery and endangering the lives of his audience.
Marilyn Manson was accused of rubbing his crotch on a man’s head in 2001. The act took place during a concert in at a venue called ‘Pine Knob’ in Michigan. The God Of Fuck paid a $4K dollar fine and later joked about the logistics of having sex with a man’s head.
Bobby Brown has a history of run-ins with the police for various things, usually drug-related. At the height of his career he was regularly booked for simulating sex onstage with audience members. Good thing there were no cops out and about at Miley Cyrus’ ‘Bangerz’ tour.
Speaking of Cyrus, perhaps she’s been inspired by Wendy O. Williams. The punk singer was arrested in 1981 on an obscenity charge for allegedly simulating a sexual act with a sledge hammer. "Using sex to create the law is so stupid, and I'm not the kind of person who walks the middle of the line," Williams told Rolling Stone that year.
Good old Axl Rose, causing another commotion. This time in St Louis. He went bananas after seeing a fan with a camera and started throwing punches. A riot ensued and tear gas and fire hoses were pulled out. Rose was booked later on for causing the fuss. What a hooligan.
Ol' Dirty Bastard of the Wu Tang Clan, was arrested at a concert in West Hollywood in 1998. ODB apparently became rowdy inside the venue and was ejected by security for being "drunk, disorderly, and annoying other patrons." When outside, he threatened the door staff by saying he would return with his homies and kill them. The weirdest detail? It was a Des'Ree concert.
OK, so this one came close: During Madonna's Blond Ambition Tour she was warned by police in Toronto that they would arrest her if she simulated masturbation on stage, according to the the Madonna:Truth Or Dare documentary. "Last time I was on tour, Sean [Penn] was in jail. I guess it's my turn," she said - but the controversial singer got away with it in the end.
Animals As Leaders guitarists Javier Reyes and Dustin Boudreau were arrested by Boston police following a show in 2012. Eyewitness accounts differ but the two seem to have been involved in an almighty fracas which led to the band missing shows that week.
This might be testing your memory a bit. Remember one-hit wonder Stevie B? The scallywag was arrested while performing on stage, having been accused of not paying $420,000 for child support. TBF if you’re on the run, you probably shouldn't appear in public, even if there’s only a few people in the audience.