Everyone’s got a pet peeve — or seven. While we typically have the luxury of dealing with our anger in private, artists aren’t always so lucky. They might not know when their next rage blackout will strike, and unfortunately, it might happen during a concert in front of thousands of fans. From Miley Cyrus telling her fans to get “slutty” to Kid Cudi throwing punches, find out which major artists notoriously threw on-stage tantrums.
Elton John is known for his diva antics. Read on to find out about the many tantrums he’s thrown through the years, and relive his performance of “Your Song” during more solemn times at the historic Concert for Diana.
Billie Joe Armstrong
Billie Joe Armstrong got caught up in the heat of the moment while playing at the 2012 iHeartRadio Festival. A sign alerting Green Day that they had one minute left to their performance triggered Armstrong to stop the set, shout the f word 22 times, and eventually, smash his guitar. Green Day announced that they were postponing some of their future performances a couple of days after the whole debacle, and Armstrong sought treatment for substance abuse.
Rihanna may look all cute and harmless in the new video for “FourFiveSeconds,” but there’s a reason she calls herself Bad Gal RiRi. The singer lost her cool during a performance in London when something went awry with the sound. She stopped the show briefly, ranted, and then went back to doing her thing. Oh, and there’s also that time she hit a fan with her microphone.
Kanye throwing a tantrum on stage isn’t anything new. Yeezus fans know not to bring lasers to his concerts, throw their business cards at his feet, and or heckle him when he’s wearing a mask for no reason other than the fact that he’s Ye and fashionably avant garde and doesn’t give a f*ck what you think. In one of his more embarrassing tantrums, Kanye refused to continue performing until everyone in attendance was standing. What he didn’t know was that two of those people couldn’t stand. Because they were handicapped.
This one gives “starstruck” a new meaning. Here’s the breakdown, according to the YouTube user who posted the video: Someone threw a wallet at Kid Cudi while he was performing at a concert in Vancouver. Cudi gave the wallet back, but to the wrong person, who threw the wallet back on stage. Cudi, taking offense to this, jumped off the stage, at which point, he started taking shots at the person who threw the wallet back.
Something caught Dave Grohl’s eye when he was performing with Foo Fighters at the 2011 iTunes Festival. It was a fan fight. Grohl responded by stopping his set, singling out the man he thought started the fight, and telling him to “get the f*ck out” of his show. “You don’t come to my show and fight,” Grohl shouted. “You come to my show and f*cking dance, you asshole.” Justice served.
We’re siding with Azealia on this one. When someone threw a can at her during a concert in Melbourne, Azealia stormed off the stage sans hesitation. Ten bucks says she thought of an angry tweet along the way and later posted it to her account.
Broken Phones by Justin Bieber. It has a certain ring to it, no? The Biebs took one lucky fan’s iPhone during a concert and took selfies with it, which of course, triggered other fans to throw their phones at his feet to take selfies for them, too. Bieber threatened to break all of their iPhones, but at least he didn’t puke on them.
Sir Elton John is a legend. He’s also notorious for being quick to anger on the stage. Maybe you’ve seen him slap his microphone or walk off mid-concert when his piano wasn’t working. Sir Elton doesn’t direct his anger exclusively towards inanimate objects, though. You’ll find him yelling at his stage crew in the compilation video.
Some fans — or non-fans? — at a Miley Cyrus concert booed the singer, who responded by throwing water on the crowd and telling them to “get your titties out.” Looks like pissing Miley off is a sure-fire way to get her hot and bothered.
Axl Rose once stopped singing at a Guns N’ Roses concert to call out a fan. Rose was pissed that the fan was taking pictures of him, and when no one responded to his requests to take the person’s camera away, Rose swan-dove into the crowd to do the deed himself. The band awkwardly kept playing without him, and Rose eventually stormed off the stage, angry at the “lame-ass security.”
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