Following the tragedy at Astroworld, netizens are calling out Travis Scott for not doing enough to help audience members who were in danger.
Last weekend, during Travis Scott’s performance, 8 people died in a crowd surge and 13 others remain hospitalized. Scott has received plenty of criticism for what happened at his show, as well as for past concerts that have led to fan injuries, lawsuits, and Scott being arrested. One of the common criticisms of Scott about his most recent concert is that he didn’t do enough to help fans in distress or help with crowd control.
Now, TikTok, Reddit, Twitter and more are dredging up footage from other performers’ concerts in which they’ve paused their show to help a fan in need as examples of what should have happened.
The American heavy metal band Avenged Sevenfold stopped their show at a festival to help a fan. Lead singer M. Shadows stopped the Graspop Metal Meeting and calls for security to help, saying, “Someone’s very hurt in there.”
“Don’t touch their neck, let someone professional do it,” he told the crowd, who applauded him for his attention and care.
“You guys are one of the best crowds I’ve ever seen,” he added while waiting for medical help to arrive. “Thank you guys so much.”
Kurt Cobain of Nirvana
Kurt Cobain, the frontman of Nirvana, stopped his show in Oakland on New Year’s Eve in 1993 to confront a male audience member who was allegedly sexually assaulting a female fan in the front row. After seeing what was happening, Kurt threw his guitar down and rushed over. He points to the door before returning to the microphone. He said, “Copping a feel, eh buddy?” Cobain’s bandmembers joined him in ridiculing the man.
Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters
Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl stopped a show to remonstrate a violent fan.
“You don’t f***ing fight at my show, you a**hole,” Grohl says in the clip. He makes the fan look at him, describes what he’s wearing, and then kicks him out.
“You don’t come to my show and fight. You come to my show and f***ing dance,” Grohl says, before adding: “I don’t put up with that bulls***.”
Linkin Park stopped their show to help a fan who had fallen down in the mosh pit. Mike Shinoda stopped the music, saying, “Hold up, hold up,” after noticing the fan in trouble.
“Yo! We got a little problem up here," he said.
"Pick him up! Pick him up right now!" frontman Chester Bennington then shouted, pointing at the man in need of help.
Shinoda added, "Sorry, you guys, we gotta look out for safety first, for real. Nobody gets hurt, that's number one. We'll play this s**t, the whole s**t again, if you guys get up, if you guys are alright. OK? Watch yourselves."
Bennington then reminds the crowd that they care about their safety and need the crowd’s help. "Hey, yo, man. We know we've been stressing all night about being cool and this is the reason why," he said. "Let's go over it one more time... when someone falls, what do you do?"
"Pick him up!" The crowd shouts back.
In 2018, Billie Eilish stopped singing “Ocean Eyes” at a show in Stockholm to help a fan who was about to pass out. She threw one of the band’s water bottles to the fan, and then asked, “What can I do to help?” Another fan asked for water, and Eilish threw her a water bottle as well. She then proceeded to ask her fans if they were okay, high-fiving the people in the front row.
At her Hammersmith Apollo show in 2011, Adele stopped singing “Rolling in the Deep” when she notice a fan had fainted. She said, “Stop, stop, stop – someone has fainted once again. Excuse me, medic, right in the middle.” She waited until she had security’s attention and confirmed that medical aid had reached the person in distress before continuing with her performance.
At a January 2018 outdoor festival called FOMO in Adelaide, Australia, hip-hop/rap singer Post Malone stopped his performance when he noticed a young fan had collapsed. He forced the mosh pit to stop moving and then told the crown to take “three steps back.”
What Did Travis Scott Do?
There are reports that Travis Scott did pause his show a few times to help fans in distress, but he didn’t do anything to calm people down (quite the opposite), move the crowd back, or even help move the crowd when an ambulance was trying to drive through.
There is footage of Scott calling for help for a passed-out fan.
However, he appears to have completely ignored the ambulance and carried on with his performance.
In fact, his concert wasn’t shut down until 37 minutes after the police declared it a “mass casualty event” and told the organizers to stop the show. It finally ended at 10:10 pm with a fireworks finale.