Shit got pretty dark at an Architects show in Australia last night when an out-of-control fan rushed the stage while the band was playing.
As for the motive, apparently, the assailant felt that the band was disrespecting the legacy of their diseased guitarist Tom Searle, who sadly passed away in 2016 from cancer. What they were hoping to accomplish is unclear.
The assailant apparently rushed at guitarist Josh Middleton mid-song, grabbed the mic, and started screaming obscenities. Thankfully, it appears no one was hurt.
Vocalist Sam Carter angrily (rightfully so) addressed the crowd in the aftermath of the incident, which was transcribed by Metal Injection:
“In all my fucking years of being in this fucking band and giving [you] our fucking lives, and working so fucking hard, to turn around see someone fucking run on stage and fucking run at Josh and fucking grab the mic and start shouting whatever the fuck he was shouting…That is fucking insane.
This isn’t a fucking game. This is our fucking lives, and I don’t know who the fuck that person thinks they are to come up on stage and fucking try to assault Josh or do whatever they are. But the other fucking thing is when he was on the fucking floor, screaming in my fucking face, telling me to respect Tom and play some fucking old songs, I’ll tell you what – we were just playing the oldest song in the set you stupid fuck.
We respect Tom every single fucking day of our lives. And to think that I turn around and my fucking best friend is being attacked by somebody, get the hell out of here. It’s just music.
This is the thing that people need to understand. This shit that goes on the Internet, the way fucking people talk to each other. It can’t fucking carry on like this. It’s just fucking music. We’re just up here doing our fucking best. There’s no need for violence. There’s no need to run up here and do this shit.”
Sam has also since taken to Twitter to address the incident, saying:
“Some lad ran on stage and grabbed Josh’s microphone during the third song and shouted some shit down it. So we pulled him off stage and then he shouted at me about how I was letting Tom down. Nobody got attacked it was just mental.”
Some lad ran on stage and grabbed Joshs microphone during the third song and shouted some shit down it. So we pulled him off stage and then he shouted at me about how I was letting Tom down. Nobody got attacked it was just mental.
— sam carter (@samarchitects) February 18, 2023
Here’s another angle via Rock Feed: