Dave Grohl Ejects Violent Fan From Free London Show (Language NSFW)

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Dave Grohl brought his inner Ian MacKaye to the fore Monday night at Foo Fighters‘s iTunes Festival performance in London. No, he didn’t wear a goofy bucket hat?he stopped the band’s performance of In Your Honor b-side and live favorite “Skin and Bones” to address a violent fan from the stage, as MacKaye often did as the frontman of Fugazi. “Hey! Hey!” he shouted when he saw a fight erupting. “Who’s fighting? Let me see him!” When the crowd parted to reveal the “f—ing guy in the striped shirt,” Grohl addressed him directly. “Get the f— out of my show!”

MacKaye and Grohl have a shared musical heritage as members of progressively-minded D.C. hardcore bands in the 1980s (Minor Threat and Scream, respectively), so it’s not surprising that they’d have similar attitudes about appropriate crowd behavior. The Fugazi documentary Instrument features scenes of MacKaye addressing the crowd’s behavior, particularly towards marginalized groups, and a YouTube commenter on the above Foo Fighters video shares an anecdote about the dressing-down Grohl gave to a guy “lifting up the shirt of a girl on someone?s shoulders” at a 2000 show. That said, neither band has a problem with aggressive dancing like moshing, so long as the concertgoers not participating are still being respected. Or as Grohl put it to the fan at the iTunes Festival show, “You don’t come to my show and fight?you come to my show and f—ing dance!”

Watch: Dave Grohl Ejects Some Stripe-Shirted ‘A—–e’ Mid-Song… [Daily Swarm, via Sound of the City]