Why ARE so many people throwing objects at popstars on stage? Harry Styles becomes latest victim of dangerous craze where music fans hurl projectiles at singers including Adele and Pink as they perform
- The throwing trend dates back decades but appears to have seen a recent spurt
- Items thrown on stage include a teddy bear, a lemon, flowers – and human ashes
A dangerous craze has seen artists on stage getting pelted with objects during their performances – including a phone, a teddy bear, a bunch of flowers and a fan’s dead mother’s ashes.
The trend – which dates back decades but appears to have seen a recent spurt – saw Harry Styles shockingly hit in the face by a flying object while he was on stage during his Love On Tour concert in Vienna, Austria on Saturday.
Unfortunately, such occurrences seem to be taking place more frequently, with a fan throwing her mother’s ashes on stage at Pink’s concert and Bebe Rexha last month being hit with a phone to the face.
Adele also paused her recent Las Vegas show to slam the acts, as she jokingly ‘dared’ the audience to throw something at her.
Similarly, Jason Derulo has called on artists to help stamp out the recent trend of fans throwing items, like phones, at them while they’re performing.
Flying object: Harry Styles – who was struck by flowers when performing last month in June – was strolling on stage on Saturday when he was shockingly hit in the face by a flying object
Awkward: Pink was left stunned during her concert when a fan threw her mother’s ashes on stage in a pouch
Adele paused her recent Las Vegas show to slam the latest trend of people on stage getting pelted with objects during their performances. She then took aim with her t-shirt cannon and fired it into the crowd before telling them to ‘stop throwing things at the artist’, then started laughing that she ‘can shoot things at the audience’
Harry Styles, 29, was strolling on stage during the Vienna concert on Saturday when suddenly a small object flew into frame and seemingly landed near his left eye.
The As It Was hitmaker immediately winced and threw a hand to his face.
Clearly feeling pain, Harry then bent over for a few seconds before standing upright and continuing to make his way down the stage, while still applying his hand to his face.
In a viral Twitter clip shared by Pop Crave, text was added over the 10-second video that read, ‘Stop throwing s**t at him!!!!!’
However, this wasn’t the first time that the Grammy winner has had objects tossed at him.
Last month in June, Harry found himself smacked in the face by a bunch of flowers during a gig in Cardiff.
The popstar had just finished his penultimate UK date at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium as part of his sold out Love On Tour concerts when the floral arrangement came soaring across the sky after being thrown by a fan in the audience.
Ouch! This is the shocking moment Harry Styles was hit in the face by a flying object while he was on stage during his Love On Tour concert in Vienna, Austria on Saturday
Harry Styles found himself smacked in the face by a bunch of flowers during his penultimate UK date at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium last month
Keep calm and Harry on: The Adore you hitmaker was seen rubbing his face in shock after being hit, but ever the professional, he shook it off and carried on
Harry Styles was hit in the eye by a hard sweet after a fan threw a handful of Skittles at the stage during a concert tour stop in Los Angeles in November last year
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Awkward: Lady Gaga was given quite the surprise when she had a teddy bear thrown at her while she was performing live in Toronto last August
The pink flowers pelted him in the face as he skipped down some stairs and turned to the crowd to greet them as he did his lap of honour.
Harry was understandable flustered by the incident, which was captured by a fan filming the star from the audience.
The Adore You singer was seen rubbing his face in shock after being hit, but ever the professional, he shook it off and carried on.
And late last year in November, the Don’t Worry Darling actor was hit in the face with a handful of skittles by another fan during a concert tour stop in Los Angeles.
The singer clutched his eye in a video taken of the moment by a fan after they were launched towards him during a performance of his song, Kiwi.
Harry fans angrily reacted to the moment and claimed the star could have gone blind following the potentially-dangerous incident.
Adele paused her recent Las Vegas show to slam the latest trend of people on stage getting pelted with objects during their performances.
Adele, who is still performing on the weekends at Ceasar’s Palace Hotel & Casino, jokingly ‘dared’ the audience to throw something at her.
The singer, 35, said: ‘Have you noticed how people are, like, forgetting f**king show etiquette at the moment?
‘Throwing s**t on stage, have you seen them? I f**king dare you, I dare you throw something at me, I’ll f**king kill you.’
She then took aim with her t-shirt cannon and fired it into the crowd before telling them to ‘stop throwing things at the artist’, then started laughing and joked that she ‘can shoot things at the audience’.
Adele paused her recent Las Vegas show to slam the latest trend of people on stage getting pelted with objects during their performances
Pink, 42, recently received a number of items on stage with a fan even throwing her mother’s ashes.
She was singing her song Perfect when she noticed the wheel of Brie De Meaux, a French cheese. The fan had splashed the cash on the gift, which can retail between £60 – £100+ for a 3kg block.
Pink gave an air hug and said her thanks before continuing on with the song.
The singer also received a number of other gifts from her loyal fans at her two American Express Presents BST Hyde Park shows including teddy bears, flowers and artwork.
But she was startled when she was handed a pouch of cremated remains and asked the member of the audience to clarify it was their mother’s remains – before saying: ‘I don’t know how to feel about that.’
After walking back up to the stage from the central walkway, Pink added: ‘I have to say that was a first.’
She was startled when she was handed the pouch of cremated remains and asked the member of the audience to clarify it was their mother’s remains – before saying: ‘I don’t know how to feel about that’
Thrilled: Pink was uniquely gifted a huge wheel of brie as she took to the stage for her Hyde Park performance
Singer/songwriter Bebe Rexha, 33, was playing a concert at The Rooftop at Pier 17 in New York City on her Best F’n Night Of My Life tour last month when she was struck in the face by a phone.
As she was facing the audience, a phone was seen careening in from the crowd and hitting her directly in the face.
After a moment of shock, the Grammy-nominated singer fell to her knees with her head down as multiple crew members in the wings rushed to her aid.
She was hospitalised and suffered ‘redness, swelling, bruising, and a laceration to her eye and substantial pain’ as result of being hit with the phone, according to police.
In video which surfaced after the incident, the man is found by security who pull him out of the crowd and over the barrier.
Meanwhile, fans shouted ‘a**hole’ and ‘that is assault’ as he was taken away.
The alleged phone thrower faces misdemeanour charges of harassment and assault.
The alleged assailant’s lawyer told DailyMail.com it his ‘sole intention was to have Ms. Rexha take photos with his phone, and return it as a keepsake’.
The lawyer added: ‘It was never his intention to injure Ms. Rehxa.’
Bebe Rexha was playing a concert Sunday at The Rooftop at Pier 17 on her Best F’n Night Of My Life tour when she was struck in the face by a phone
The entertainer, whose full name is Bleta Rexha, was seen with a deep bruise and stiches in the aftermath of the incident
Lady Gaga had a teddy bear thrown at her while performing live in Toronto in August.
The superstar had to dodge the flying object mid song at the Rogers Centre in Canada.
Footage taken from an audience member near the stage showed Gaga singing intently on the microphone as the teddy was launched causing her to swiftly move to one side to avoid it.
Afterwards she carried on as if nothing had happened.
Last year, during her Chromatica Ball World Tour, Gaga was performing in Germany when she magically blocked an item tossed at her.
She was in the middle of a set when a mysterious large object flew towards her direction, and suddenly, swerved straight down before it could hit the entertainer.
Once footage of the incident was uploaded on social media, theories began spreading all around, including naming the singer a ‘wizard’ and alleging that an ‘invisible shield’ had appeared.
Some individuals suggested more realistic explanations of what occurred, such as powerful stage fans or other objects used for concerts.
Ouch! Lady Gaga kept her cool as she has a teddy bear thrown at her while performing live on stage in Toronto on Saturday
Last year, during her Chromatica Ball World Tour, Gaga was performing in Germany when she magically blocked an item tossed at her
Drake nearly dodging a cell phone that was thrown at him in Chicago during his It’s All A Blur Tour with 21 Savage on Thursday.
The Toronto native – whose setlist leaked before the tour kicked off – was singing a cover of Ginuwine’s So Anxious when the phone hit him in the wrist and fell to the ground.
Fortunately, the God’s Plan hitmaker wasn’t injured and he carried on with the first concert in his four-month-long tour.
Ava Max, 29, was stunned during a performance in Los Angeles when a stage crasher rushed onto the stage to slap her in the face.
In a clip from the incident, Ava is seen jerking backwards after a fan hits her in the face, but quickly continues with her dance routine before exiting the stage.
Taking to Twitter, Ava told her fans: ‘He slapped me so hard that he scratched the inside of my eye. He’s never coming to a show again.
‘Thank you to the fans for being spectacular tonight in LA though!!’
Drake, 36, was hit by a cell phone that was thrown onto the stage in Chicago during his It’s All A Blur Tour with 21 Savage on Thursday
Ava Max has revealed that she was slapped in the face by a fan while performing in Los Angeles – leaving her with a scratch on the inside of her eye
Brutal: The singer was hit in the middle of her show in Los Angeles, with footage from the incident showing her quickly recovering to continue the performance
Last month, Kelsea Ballerini, 29, was also hit in the face during a show after a fan threw a small item on stage and hit her.
Video shows Ballerini singing on stage when she is suddenly hit by a small item, prompting her to immediately cease performing and move away from the microphone.
Though not entirely clear in the video, it has been speculated the item thrown at Ballerini was a bracelet.
She turns her face away from the audience, reacting to the strike, before her concerned violinist comes to her side.
While she resumes playing the guitar, within moments she removes her instrument and walks off the stage.
Kelsea Ballerini was struck in the face by an object thrown at her during a concert in Boise, Idaho on Wednesday, making her the latest musician to have been injured by a fan at a show
Afterwards, Ballerini addressed the incident once she returned to the stage.
The songstress asked guests not to throw items as she spread a message of safety.
‘Can we talk about what just happened,’ she said. ‘All I care about is keeping everyone safe. So if you ever don’t feel safe, please let someone around you know.
‘There’s security everywhere tonight. If anyone’s pushing too much or you just have that gut feeling or anything, just always flag it. Don’t throw things, you know?… I always want shows of mine, every show for every artist, but I’m in control of this one and I just want it to be a safe place for everyone. We have little kids here and can you help me do that?’
She also posted a statement to her Instagram account discussing why she walked off stage and further addressing the scary moment: ”Hi. I’m fine. Someone threw a bracelet, it hit me in the eye, and it more so just scared me than hurt me. We all have triggers and layers of fears way deeper than what is shown, and that’s why I walked offstage to calm down and make sure myself, band and crew, and the crowd all felt safe to continue. That’s all I ever want, is for shows to feel like a safe place for us all. I love you and appreciate all of the concern, let’s make the last two shows of the Heartfirst Tour the best yet.’
Ariana Grande was pelted with a lemon wedge during her headlining set at Coachella Festival in Indio in April 2019.
In a video captured by a fan, the star got hit in the chest with the fruit while heading on the main stage to perform her song NASA in a wine-colored Michael Ngo outfit.
Stunned, the Thank U, Next songstress ran offstage and exclaimed: ‘What the f***?That’s because one of y’all threw a lemon at me! S***.’
Ariana later returned to the stage and continued her concert as normal, proving herself to be ever the professional.
Impact: Ariana Grande was pelted with a lemon wedge during her headlining set at Coachella Festival in Indio in April 2019
Sex toy: Lil Nas X was left very surprised when he had an X-rated object chucked on stage at him during his show in Sweden
Lil Nas X
Lil Nas X was left very surprised when he had an X-rated object chucked on stage at him during his show in Sweden.
The singer, 24, walked over to the item and picked it up and examined what appeared to be a sex toy.
He then asked the crowd: ‘Who threw their p***y on stage?’
After the brief interruption, the Grammy winner appeared unfazed as he continued the concert.
Blur’s Alex James has told how fans often lob cheese at him while he is performing, rather than the more common practice of underwear throwing.
The bassist, 54, has become a cheesemaker since the rock band’s 1980s heyday and shared how fans show their support for his new career.
Alex, who runs a 200-acre dairy farm with his wife Claire Neate, revealed his fans have long been aware of his love of cheese and launch it at him while he is on stage.
Speaking on This Morning back in April, he shared: ‘I got a lot of cheese thrown at me [on stage], still do.
‘[Fans] always have, I still get cheese in the post, still get it presented to me in hotel lobbies, it’s nice.’
For decades, fans have thrown underwear on stage during concerts, but the trend has been taking a more bizarre tone in recent months.
Kid Cudi walked off stage during his performance at Rolling Loud in Miami last year
Last summer Kid Cudi walked off stage during his performance at Rolling Loud in Miami after getting fed up of fans throwing various items.
In a video that was shared on Twitter at the time, Kid Cudi was seen stating: ‘If I get hit with one more f***ing thing, if I see one more f***ing thing on this f***ing stage, I’m leaving. Don’t f*** with me.’
One of the performance’s attendees promptly proceeded to throw an item on stage, to which the rapper responded by storming off.
The Pursuit of Happiness singer’s fans were then heard booing as he made his way backstage.
Several other concertgoers proceeded to throw more items on stage while he left.
Like Adele, singer Jason Derulo is calling on artists to help stamp out the recent trend of fans throwing items, like phones, at them while they’re performing.
While out promoting his new book — Sing Your Name Out Loud: 15 Rules for Living Your Dream — at a Barnes & Noble bookstore in New York City, Derulo sounded a bit baffled at why anyone would want to put a performer in danger by hurling objects at them.
‘You don’t get anything from that,’ Derulo told TMZ when asked about recent instances. ‘All you do is disrespect the artist. I’ve had it happen to be before as well.’
Derulo, 33, maintains the increase in such instances started with fans hoping their favorite artists would use the device to snap a photo.
‘It’s like a real thing. People are throwing their phones,’ he reiterated, before demonstrating how he would dodge a flying device. ‘It’s like the Matrix; you’ve got to dodge these phones. It’s getting dangerous out here.’
Derulo did offer one example of a more safer way for fans to get a photo from their favourite stars: ‘If the artist comes to you really close, you can try to pass the phone; I get that. But launching your joint on to the stage is crazy.’
Initially, a number of performers actually did start taking photos, and ultimately more and more phones were being tossed their way, along with a mix of other potentially dangerous objects.
The Love Not War star believes artists can be part of the solution by not engaging with fans who throw items at them while on stage.
How objects have been thrown at fans throughout history
Tom Jones, now 83, was known for having underwear thrown at him by fans while performing in his younger years. But in 2021 he said those days were long gone.
Ozzy Osbourne was performing at the Des Moines Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Iowa in January 1982 when a concert-goer hurled a bat onto the stage.
Without pause, the musician ripped into the creature with his teeth.
His mouth was seen filling with blood as the audience watched on in horror.
It was a moment Ozzy would never live down, with the incident cropping up in almost every interview he has ever done since.
The star has repeatedly insisted he thought the bat was a rubber toy, complaining it left him having to rush to the nearest hospital for a rabies shot.
Pink has recently had a number of ‘gifts’ while performing – including a wheel of cheese, teddy bears, flowers, art work – and a fan’s mother’s ashes.
Harry Styles has been victim to things being thrown at him several times – including sweets and a bunch of flowers.
Singer Jason Derulo has recently called on artists to help stamp out the trend of fans throwing items at them while they’re performing.
Tom Jones, who was inundated with swooning love letters and racy lingerie from fans in his heyday, believes those times are behind him as he asserted he isn’t ‘Mr Macho’ (pictured in 1970)
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