When Singers Attack: Dave Grohl & the Best Onstage Freakouts

Congratulations to Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters, who went viral today after tearing into an aggro fan in the middle of his band’s set at the iTunes Festival in London. After Grohl spotted someone fighting in the crowd (in England, they call them hooligans), he came to the victim’s rescue by booting the offender from the show in a profanity-laced tirade. The crowd, of course, loved it. But Grohl isn’t the first performer to snap at a misbehaving fan. After the jump, indulge in some the best onstage freakouts ever recorded—and by “best” we mean the only ones we could find on YouTube.

But first, here’s Dave Grohl finest hour:

Note to self: Next time you go to a Queens of the Stone Age concert, do not throw something at lead singer Josh Homme. Wow. The last time we saw this much venom was at our grandfather’s annual cobra spitting contest. The highlight here is when Homme, who was battling a fever, uttered the now-classic line, “You throw something at me, I’m not so sick that I can’t go down there and beat the fuckin shit out of you, you know what I’m saying?” Yes, Mr. Homme. Anything you say, Mr. Hommee.

David Draiman of the metal band Disturbed lashed out a fan for apparently playing video games during their set. He then gives security his blessing to “kick him the fuck out” if they see him playing one more time. Angry birds, angrier frontman.

Last year, the lead singer of the British hardcore band Architects flipped off, as they say in England, at a fan who called him a faggot for having holes in his jeans? That’s what we gather from this grainy video, anyway. Whatever happened, it’s still fun to watch as he gets the audience to collectively yell “Fuck off” to the perp. Music, unity, love. Bono Some guy named Bono got mad at some guy on some phone during some song we’ve never heard before.

Bo Burhnam, the genial, and by all accounts friendly YouTube sensation and Judd Apatow protege, told a “dumb fucking bitch” to “shut the fuck up” after she interrupted him for the twentieth time. People cheered, he felt satisfied, and she went home to see what sharp objects against her wrists felt like.

Kid Cudi‘s had his share of behavioral problems in the past, but never more so than when he rushed off stage after a fan—in the middle of “Pursuit of Happiness,” of all songs—who came onstage uninvited, probably just to say hi. Cudi then had to be restrained by just about everyone (good thing he travels with an entourage) before coming back on stage to finish the song.

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