Most artists rely on security to tame unruly fans during concerts. Not Kid Cudi, who is perfectly capable of handling that himself, as evidenced at the rapper's Houston gig earlier this week.
Cudi was performing "Cudi Zone" when the incident occurred. Clad in a space-suit onesie with flames erupting behind him, the rapper appears fully immersed in his performance until, out of nowhere, a man is spotted making his way across the stage. Without missing a beat, Cudi hurls his way toward the man and shoves him repeatedly until the fan tumbles to the floor. By that point, security guards can be seen dashing across the stage to intervene. "Not on my watch," Cudi declares as he turns back to the crowd.
The rapper already had a reputation for lashing out at boisterous fans, including punching someone
who tossed a wallet onto the stage at a 2009 show. We'd say this is comparatively tamer, but still -- security is on hand for a reason, so let's bring it back down to Earth, Cudder.
What happened: A fan suddenly rushed the stage toward Justin Bieber as he played a grand piano, prompting security guards to dash after the person. The scene escalated as they halted the fan onstage, knocking the piano on its legs in the process. A young man claiming to be the overzealous fan called into Virgin Radio Dubai the following day, saying he only wanted to "hug him and maybe take a picture."
What happened: Rapper Danny Brown invited female fans to join him onstage during a concert, and one used the opportunity to get a little closer than expected. The woman pulled down Broan's pants and attempted to give him unsolicited oral sex while he continued to rap, although no official confirmation has emerged regarding the activity that took place between the two.
Location: Lafayette, La.
What happened: A fan groped Tim McGraw's crotch during a concert on his and wife Faith Hill's headlining tour, prompting Mrs. McGraw to speak out about the incident when she took the stage. "Somebody needs to teach you some class, my friend," she told the fan. "You don't go grabbin' somebody else's, somebody's husband's [private parts], you understand me? That's very disrespectful."
What happened: While performing as part of Metallica's Summer Sanitarium tour, Fred Durst and his colleagues were pummeled with bottles, spare change and chants of "f— Fred Durst." After half an hour, the band ended the show and unleashed an expletive-laden rant on the hostile crowd.
Location: St. Louis
What happened: It wasn't fans who decided they weren't pleased with Kings of Leon's performance. Instead it was a pigeon that decided to express its discontent by pouring its droppings into bassist Jared Followill's mouth. The band ended the show after only three songs.
Location: Hartford, Conn.
What happened: Britney Spears was performing "Womanizer" during an encore when an audience member lept onto the stage. Spears was visibly frightened, shaking and calling for help into a microphone headset that was obviously turned off.
(Skip ahead to the 2:15 marker to watch Spears' brief freakout.)
Location: Pilton, England
What happened: While performing at the Glastonbury Festival, Amy Winehouse climbed down from the stage to sing among the crowd. A fan tossed his hat into the air, hitting Winehouse's beehive hairdo and prompting her to take out her ire by elbowing an unsuspecting fan who had not actually thrown the hat.
What happened: During a SPIN Magazine party at a rock club, Fall Out Boy's acoustic set was punctuated by a fan shouting insults at the band, particularly lead singer Pete Wentz, calling him a "sellout." Wentz engaged the fan in some onstage banter but proceeded with the show. While he was exiting the venue after the show, the heckler grabbed Wentz's hoodie, and Wentz punched him in retaliation.
Location: Fishkill, N.Y.
What happened: After a 15-year-old concertgoer tossed something onto the stage during Akon's performance, the rapper summoned the crowd to point out the perpetrator. Security guards then brought the teen onstage, and Akon proceeded to lift him onto his shoulders and fling him back into the crowd. He landed on another crowd member, who reportedly suffered a concussion.
Location: Hampton, Va.
What happened: A fan bum-rushed the stage as The Rolling Stones performed "Satisfaction" during an encore. With hardly a second thought, Keith Richards knocked down the admirer with his guitar, plugged it back in and continued the performance.
Then again, sometimes artists turn the tables on their fans, as Courtney Love did in 2004:
Location: New York City
What happened: Courtney Love was arrested after she flung a microphone stand into the crowd during a Greenwich Village concert, hitting a fan. She appeared in Manhattan court several months later, and her sentencing required her to pay the fan's $2,236 medical bills, stay out of trouble for a year and complete a drug treatment program.