There was a time where if you went to see the Rolling Stones and Mick Jagger threw his mic at you, you’d leave, grateful. But not anymore. A$AP Rocky is currently being sued for $75,000 in damages after a fan fractured her spine because of crowd-surfing at a 2013 A$AP Mob gig. Here are 20 instances where the fan struck back, with lawyers.
Steve Aoki has been known to shower his audiences in cake and all was well. But things no longer look rosy in the garden of EDM after fan Brittany Hickman claimed this week she was knocked unconscious and sustained a broken neck at a show in 2012 after Aoki launched himself into a life raft being held by the audience below. Legal action is now underway. Oops.
A strange one this... Jessica Simpson was sued in 2011 for posing on the cover of OK! Magazine with somebody else’s baby. Christopher Hurst and Tracy Gregory of Louisiana filed the suit against Simpson, Getty images and the publication after a mixup saw their child’s image used without consent next to Simpson’s gurning mug.
Could Deryck Whibley's troubles be traced back to a flying weiner in 2002? The offending hot dog was flung at one Michael Sudore at a baseball game by the band, and the footage was used on the DVD extras of their 'Does This Look Infected?' album. Sudore claimed the dog pounding had caused him psychological trauma, initiating a $6m lawsuit. Ouch.
A rush of blood to the head caused R&B singer Miguel to leap off stage at the Billboard Awards in 2013. The scissor kick looked elegant enough until he landed on the neck of a member of the audience. The starstruck girl was later seen backstage with an icepack and an apologetic Miguel. A lawsuit has since followed.
Rocky might have been a boxer, but A$AP Rocky is allegedly more of a slapper. The rapper is claimed to have slapped Lisamarie Wade “for no apparent reason” as he made his way through the crowd at a 2014 Philadelphia show. Wade, who was left disorientated, said ASAP had previous, having done the same thing to a fan Down Under two months before.
A Guns N’ Roses fan in Perth lost two of his teeth in a knockout finale, when Axl Rose threw his mic into the crowd at the conclusion of the band’s Australian show. “At the very least I want someone to pay to get my teeth fixed,” said Darren Wright, who estimated the cost of dental work to be about $5,000. Axl, bizarrely, offered him the mic as a memento.
Rod Stewart is almost as famous for his love of football as he is for his singing, and usually combines the two by kicking balls off stage when he plays live. One of these free kicks apparently went awry however, when he allegedly broke the nose of a 53-year-old fan. “It’s a contact sport,” Rod is reported to have uttered when questioned about the suit.
Chris Brown was arrested in 2013 for breaking a man’s nose outside a hotel in Washington D.C. after said person photobombed a shot of the singer and a fan. Brown was arrested and spent 36 hours in clink, with the charge then reduced to a misdemeanour. And he always seemed like such a nice boy.
Jon Bon Jovi was sued for an eye-popping $400 billion when he allegedly lifted lyrics from another musician’s song - ‘(Man I Really) Love This Team’ about the Boston Red Socks - for the Bon Jovi’s hit ‘I Love This Town’. Aggrieved Samuel Bartley Steele might have been, but asking ten times what the entire music industry makes in a year seems a smidge greedy.
Another class action suit from rabid fans, this time of deceased King of Pop Michael Jackson. The late singer’s estate was sued by an unnamed fan who claimed Jackson didn’t actually sing on his first posthumous release, ‘Michael’ in 2010. She even hired an audio expert to back up her claim it wasn’t Michael singing on three “new” tracks.
Fan Alfredo Marino claims a member of Lil Wayne's crew attacked him with a skateboard when he tried to get a photo with the hip hop star. You don't get that on Tony Hawk Pro Skater VI.
A slightly complicated and tenuous plot to this one, but a fan decided to sue her idol Rihanna after she claimed she got herpes - yes, herpes - from a lipstick endorsed by the singer, which was applied to her mouth by a MAC Cosmetics representative at a gig in Brooklyn. Tell it to the judge!
Justin Bieber might be responsible for many of the world’s ills, but even he surely can’t be held to account after an Oregon woman apparently went went deaf from all the screaming at one of his shows. "The gondola that Justin Bieber was suspended in acted as a sound conductor,” she claimed, “creating a sound blast that permanently damaged both of my ears.” Sue the gondola too!
You don’t want to get caught in the mosh pit at a Jonas Brothers gig. A woman who attended a free afternoon show at the Grove in L.A. in 2010 claimed she was crushed in the melee, suffering “great mental… and nervous pain”. She filed a suit for negligence by the band and venue.
There was a time when a superstar like Skrillex crowd-surfing on your face would have been considered an honour, provided none of his hair landed in your mouth. A fan didn’t see it that way however, suing the EDM titan for injuries allegedly sustained at a San Francisco show in 2013 which she claims later caused a stroke.
Miley Cyrus famously upset the whole of Mexico when she girated with the country’s flag on stage, using it as floss for her ass. Then more recently she was being sued for $4 billion by a woman claiming to represent the million Asian Pacific Islanders living in LA County for a photo where she appears to “slant her eyes”.
Live Nation received a lawsuit at the beginning of the year after some Lamb of God fans at a show in Connecticut accidentally trampled on a fan when they got a bit excited, like you do at a metal show. The man is suing the promoter for spinal injuries sustained in the mosh pit, or “standing area”, according to the suit.
Remember that security guard who sued Marilyn Manson for putting his cock and balls in his face? Well now another security guard is suing Kiss, after the bouncer slipped on wet confetti the band fired at the crowd. You’ve got to be so careful these days.
All American Rejects were sued in 2011 for throwing promotional energy drinks into the crowd, which sort of serves them right for sucking corporate dick. One poor fan got hit on the head, apparently leaving her with a nasty head wound. As if being an All American Rejects fan wasn’t bad enough.