Thursday, May 8, 2014

It Takes Guts to be Gentle and Kind When You Invade the Stage

You do not manhandle or injure Morrissey:

Hugging Morrissey is like a rite of passage for die-hard fans. He's up on stage, doing his Morrissey thing and there's an unwritten rule that fans will rush the stage to hug him. He goes on with his bit, pretending like nothing's happening, but his whole schtick relies on fans understanding that they're then supposed to let go and also be gentle with their idol.

But Morrissey got more than a hug from fans when he started his North American tour Wednesday night, May 7, at San Jose's City National Civic. During the encore, the crowd did the whole hug thing, but some got way too rowdy and threw themselves onto the singer. The fan-made video below shows what basically looks like a body slam. Morrissey left the stage mid-song.

I suspect that many are aghast. American fans just do not know their protocol.

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