Occasionally we are reminded that the audience’s presence on stage is not always welcome. Such was the case on Sunday night (November 20) in Melbourne, Australia, as a stage crasher got a closer look at The Black Crowes‘ Chris and Rich Robinson‘s instruments as they battle with security to stay in the spotlight.
The band was well into their performance and had just started with “Stare It Cold” when an audience member avoided security and started running around the stage. As the man circled back across the stage to escape security, singer Chris Robinson tried to impede his progress by swinging his microphone stand at him, but he missed.
Eventually, security caught up with the man at the side of the stage, where the man struggled to stay on stage, which is when guitarist Rich Robinson interceded and moved toward the fight between the man and the security guard to use his guitar to hit the stage crash. in the chest, forcing him off the stage in the process.
Both Robinson brothers can be seen shouting into the crowd after the man was finally removed from the stage and then calling for him to be removed from the show before restarting “Stare It Cold”.
The Melbourne stop was the last date of the band’s first Australian tour in 14 years. As with most of the shows since Chris and Rich Robinson reunited and reactivated the band, they celebrated the 30th anniversary of their Shake Your Money Maker debut as part of the performance.
Check out fan-shot footage of the stage crash incident from a variety of angles below.