During last night’s date of the Coheed and Cambria / Madina Lake / Circa Survive UK tour in Brixton, some building drama between headliners Coheed and support band Madina Lake apparently boiled over into fisticuffs, when a member of Madina Lake’s crew was apparently served in the middle of the band’s set by Coheed’s TM. From the band’s Myspace blog:
hey guys, it’s important to us that you know this. what happened had nothing to with balloons, confetti, how we were treated or anything like that. the tour manager of coheed physically attacked a member of our family, right there on stage in front of everyone. our dude was trying to do his job and this guy grabbed him and punched him in the face on stage in front of 5k people right in the middle of a song. fan, friend, enemy…it doesn’t matter…i’m sure you can all agree that you would defend your family if they were assaulted right in front of you, completely unprovoked. we want this to blow over as much as you guys so we won’t sit here and whine about the other shit (we never did and never will).. here’s to you and your support and how much we love you all .. cheers bitches.
You can see a bit of the action towards the end of this video off to the right of the screen:
UPDATE: The plot thickens. According to the chatter on the venerable Absolutepunk.net, the Coheed camp’s side of the story is a little different. It goes thusly:
“So, about halfway through the tour, ML was asked kindly to stop using confetti-filled balloons onstage so that the stage would not be a confetti and water covered disaster area for Coheed’s set. A simple enough request, but ML continued to use the balloons for every night after that. Before the show that all this happened at, there was a big meeting with all the bands, the tour managers, and the Kerrang manager. The agreement was that ML has GOT to stop using the balloons, and they agreed to that.
But, before their set, someone found 20 or so filled balloons that they had hidden away so no one would find them. This made Claudio very mad, because it was a simple request that they even agreed to honor. So he went and popped all of the balloons beforehand with a pen so they couldn’t use those and had no time to fill more.
This made ML angry. So they were dissing Coheed onstage. And then one of ML’s guitar techs comes out with a big box of confetti to dump over everything. One of Coheed’s techs sees this and grabs him in an attempt to stop him. When ML sees this, the band comes over to Coheed’s tech and beat him with their own instruments.”