Vocalist Oliver “Oli” Sykes of the British metalcore act BRING ME THE HORIZON has commented on the onstage altercation that occurred during the band’s gig in Salt Lake City this past Monday night (October 3).
The singer, who was performing with his bandmates on their current U.S. headline tour, became angry when bottles and other objects were thrown from the crowd and called for those who threw them to either leave or come onstage and address him personally. Some fans took the invite seriously and made their way to the stage and proceeded to assault the frontman.
Writing on his blog, Sykes said, “Just to clear up any rumours. Nothing happened [Monday] night apart from a bunch of soft lads stomped on a kid’s head five seconds into our set, so we stopped playing, had a bit of a banter with them telling them to do one, then some fatty gets on stage tries to hit me, in which he completely fails, misses and falls over and then gets sparked out by someone in our touring party.
“The ‘crew’ then responded by running around the venue, breaking a very young girl’s jaw and stamping on her, and injuring a few more of our young fans. Not a member in BRING ME THE HORIZON or any of our touring party got so much as a scratch.
“Fucking mongs, eh? What can you do?”
Four separate fan-filmed video clips capturing the incident can be seen below.
Back in 2007, Sykes was accused of urinating on a female fan before throwing a bottle at her, leading to a facial injury. All charges against the vocalist were subsequently dropped on grounds that there was not enough evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction.
BRING ME THE HORIZON is continuing to tour in support of its third album, “There Is A Hell, Believe Me I’ve Seen It. There Is A Heaven, Let’s Keep It A Secret”, which sold 20,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 17 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD also entered the official chart in the U.K. at position No. 13.