As ETID’s vocalist Keith Buckley discussed with our very own Mike Kieran in Synthesis Digital, Every Time I Die knows how to throw a good party. (Actually, they discussed literature and life on the road…same thing, really.) Part of this includes making every person at the show feel like they’re a part of that show. (It also involves the ample use of cowbell.) Sometimes they just have to have every screaming kid in the audience up on stage to sing with them…
Now, sometimes the security at the venue isn’t quite ready to handle the rush of bodies to the stage. Kinda like what happened last week at The Warehouse as part of the Take Action tour. Thus far, unconfirmed reports of ETID’s show in Houston, TX on 3/6/08 include a near-riot when the band invited the crowds to join them on stage. Apparently, the security tried to stop the crowd and ended up briefly fighting members of Every Time I Die.
From Absolute Punk:
I’m sure I won’t be the first to report this, and hopefully someone else has more info, but tonight at the Take Action Tour during the last song (Ebolorama) of Every Time I Die’s set, Keith invited literally EVERYONE from the crowd on stage with him to sing. So, needless to say, after an invitation like that, the crowd went nuts and trampled over the barricades past the security guards onto the stage. It was absolute pure chaos on stage and in the crowd. One of the security guards at the venue (Warehouse Live) kept trying to hold kids back that were trying to get on stage, and the next thing I know, Jordan of ETID is being attacked by the aforementioned guard for letting them up. Keith aparently dropped the mic and rushed to his aid. After a couple seconds, the music stopped, and Jordan came back on stage, his guitar head completely snapped off. He kept flicking the guard off and spitting at him as he was leaving. Keith was bleeding, and disappeared backstage. The lights came on and the venue cued the background music, and all the kids on stage kinda scrambled off the stage slowly. Jordan and Andy came back out and were talking with kids in the crowd. I don’t have the entire story, but hopefully the band releases a statement on the altercation. This was the Take Action Tour, and I swear there was more negativity here than at most shows I’ve been to recently.
Surely the Security have their side of the story. In other news, good rock shows are nutz.