Posted Tuesday, June 1, 2010 12:19 PM | Contributed by Jeff
Controversy is brewing after fans at Six Flags in Arlington were pepper sprayed during an all-ages concert. The incident happened on Saturday night during a performance by "All Time Low" as part of a traveling multiband performance "The Bamboozle Roadshow." An official statement did admit that force was used to control the crowd.
Read more and see video from KDFW/Dallas-Ft. Worth (contains potentially offensive language).
The band, All Time Low, was it? was totally out of line at the end of that vid. Yelling that the security, who was hired to secure their safety "effin sucked" and "that's bull****" Yeah, I'd say that band lived up to its name that day. Glad they were banned from the next show. Not that that will change things.
And I definitely remember what it was like to be a teenager. I have about 100 of them (teenagers) that take music lessons in my store and believe me, they don't let you forget. I've been to dozens of concerts, been in mosh pits, was at a John pre-Mellencamp Cougar concert where he incited everyone to rush the show floor and even that didn't result in behavior like these kids displayed. Yeah, they were just having fun but you can't tell me they didn't know that this was wrong. It was a gang mentality style decision.
I guess Jeff said it best, These kids don't like to be told what to do by The Man. I guess its just a good thing that no one got hurt because then the little brats would have had to think about what they had been a party to. Oh wait, I forgot...they were the one who have been wronged here.
Wonder if any parents have recognized their darling child in any of those videos you see being recorded in Bill's link...
I must have missed that, Carrie.
BBSpeed26, I was assuming that the band did talk it over with the venue, that their fans like to come up on the stage towards the end of the show. I've seen it at many concerts that I have worked at. Some bands encourage the fans to come on stage.
I'm a musician too. This never happened to my bands to this extent, but heck yeah, I would want security to protect me if a problem was present. I don't know if this particular incident was too much of thret to the band though.
Similarly, my logic was that the presence of all the security literally standing on the stage in front of the band to prevent people from getting up there and the macing that followed was a pretty clear indication that security was not expecting kids trying to get on stage all show and bum-rushing the thing at the end.
I'm not saying that the kids were definitely a threat, but the point is that you can't assume that they're not either. Just because they're "kids" doesn't mean they're inherently nonthreatening or incapable of inflicting injury/damage. I was home at my younger brother's lacrosse game this past weekend and there were numerous high school freshman (14? 15 years old?) who based solely on their size and weight, would probably ruin me in a fight. Multiply that by a thousand and I see a threat even if I'm a 6+ ft 200+ lbs security guard.
I agree. And the thing is, I don't even think it was the band that security was trying to protect. Six Flags was most likely concerned for their other guests. Just because a bunch of teens decided it would be cool to rush the stage, doesn't mean there weren't other guests in the audience who could have been hurt in the process.
"If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins." --- Benjamin Franklin
Thank you. You guys all say it so much better than I could. I suck at getting my true meaning across.
Totally with security on this, especially after watching the video. All Time Low? What a fitting name.
Pretty tough talk from a band whose fans are 14-year old girls.
Ok now this really did make me laugh. I dont even think i saw a male on stage other than the band lol.
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