A fan threw a phone at Drake during the rapper’s “It’s All a Blur” tour on July 5. And while the Canadian star brushed it off without singling out the culprit, he is nevertheless only the latest in a long line of musicians to be pelted or even attacked while onstage.
As you’ve no doubt assumed, this problem isn’t remotely new. The bat Ozzy Osbourne decapitated with his teeth during a concert in 1982? A fan threw it on the stage. But while hard statistics aren’t available, anecdotal evidence — in the form of widespread complaints by the artists themselves — suggests it’s become a serious problem in the last few years.
Sexxy Red — The “Pound Town” rapper walked off stage on June 24 after continually telling the audience to stop throwing objects at her during her performant at Lyrical Lemonade’s 2023 Summer Smash festival in Chicago.
Bebe Rexha — After a fan struck her with a phone during a performance in Los Angeles on June 19, Rexha started wearing shades during her sets.
Ava Max — On June 20, just a day after a fan threw a phone at her, a male fan slapped the singer-songwriter during her show in Los Angeles at the Fonda Theater.
Glorilla — The rising rap star abruptly stopped her performance and removed two fans from her concert while performing at the Roskilde Festival on June 24 after they continued to throw objects at her on stage.
Kelsea Ballerini — The country singer was struck in the eye by a bracelet a fan threw at her while performing on stage at Outlaw Field in Boise, Idaho. Ballerini left the stage but then returned shortly after to finish her set.
P!nk — One of most shocking on-stage incidents took place on June 25 at P!nk’s concert at London’s BST Hyde Park. While performing “Just Like a Pill,” a fan threw a bag at her… that turned out to be filled with their mother’s ashes.
Lil Nas X — On July 1, the “Montero” singer stopped a show after a fan threw a sex toy on stage. “Who threw their p—y on stage?” he asked the audience.