Band to Pay $1.4 Million to Fan Injured in Stage Dive
This news story falls outside our usual list of artists, but yet another incident has called into question the issue of the safety of stage diving. On Thursday (Feb. 13), the band Fishbone has been ordered to pay $1.4 million in damages to a fan who broke her skull and collarbone at one of their concerts.
In this case, however, it wasn't the fan who was doing the diving, but lead singer/saxophonist Angelo Moore. According to ABC News, Moore landed on Kimberly Myers of Voorhees, N.J. at a February 2010 show in Philadelphia, knocking her to the ground. Despite losing consciousness, U.S. District Judge Jan DuBois wrote in her ruling that Fishbone "continued to perform as if nothing had happened."
In the late-80s, Fishbone were a pioneering band, mixing rock, funk, punk and ska. Despite being repeatedly pegged for mainstream success, the closest they came was 1991's 'The Reality of My Surroundings,' which reached No. 49 and spawned two hits on the Modern Rock Tracks chart.
Stage diving has long been a part of Fishbone's show. During the suit, Moore said that "every couple of months an ambulance is called to the concert venue [where Fishbone is playing]." But despite the frequent injuries, the band doesn't warn the audience that stage dives are about to happen because, as he said in a deposition, "People want to be on the edge when they go to a Fishbone show."