Afroman Arrested After Punching Fan Onstage
The musical bond between and artist and his fans can sometimes feel like a personal one, but just because you bought a concert ticket, that doesn't make you friends with the people onstage — as one attendee at an Afroman concert was recently painfully reminded when she decided to try and make herself part of the act and ended up getting punched.
This is obviously well outside the realm of classic rock, but the story has been all over the news since the Feb. 17 incident, which was captured on the above video and culminated in Afroman (aka Joseph Foreman) being arrested for assault.
According to a representative for the performer, this isn't the first time Afroman has had trouble with fans getting onstage. In a statement published by Billboard, the rep explained, "This was a completely involuntary reflex reaction to people infringing on his stage space. It was uncharacteristic behavior that was initiated by outside uncontrolled forces."
If that sounds like a lot of words to explain a woman getting decked by a man in front of a live audience, it would seem that Afroman agrees. Speaking with TMZ Live, he owned up completely for his actions, saying he would be undergoing therapy for anxiety and apologizing. "It was wrong," he said. "What happened shouldn't have happened."
He's absolutely right — and yet, as many rock fans are well aware, it happens more often than some might think. Singer Amy Winehouse punched a fan who got too close during her set at the 2008 Glastonbury Festival, as did country star Tim McGraw when a female concertgoer tried to get inappropriately intimate. Axl Rose attacked a fan who had a video camera at a Guns N' Roses show in 1991, starting a riot, and Keith Richards coolly dismissed a stage rusher at a 1981 Rolling Stones show by smacking the guy with his guitar.
All of which is definitely not to say that what happened at Afroman's show was okay ... just that similar things have happened many times before, and are all but certain to happen again. Stay in your seats and enjoy the show, people.
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