Fishbone Owe $1.4 Million for Stage-Diving on Fan
Lead singer Angelo Moore says people "want to be on edge" at their gigs
Fishbone have to fork over $1.4 million to a fan who sued them over injuries she sustained at 2010 concert. As the Associated Press reports, Kimberly Myers — a 46-year-old mother of three from New Jersey — broke her skull and collarbone after Fishbone’s lead singer, Angelo “Dr. Madd Vibe” Moore, dived from a Philadelphia stage and landed on top of her. Now, a federal judge has awarded Myers a hefty payday, finding that Moore hasn’t shown any real remorse for the incident.
U.S. District Judge Jan DuBois wrote in a Wednesday ruling that despite the fact that Myers lost consciousness at the show, Fishbone “continued to perform as if nothing had happened.” DuBois has ordered Moore and his business partner, bassist John Norwood Fisher, to pay $1.1 million in compensatory damages. Moore also has to hand over an additional $250,000 in punitive damages.
According to the judge, Moore seemed to make light of the situation, testifying “that every couple of months an ambulance is called to the concert venue.” In a 2011 deposition, Moore said he doesn’t give any kind of warning before he stage-dives because it would ruin the “theatrics” of the performance. “People want to be on the edge when they go to a Fishbone show,” Moore reportedly said.
Unfortunately, Myers didn’t realize she was going to a Fishbone show on the night in question. Her lawsuit claims that she did not know the punk/funk/ska band, which has been sued at least once over a similar sort of injury, was on the bill when she went to Philly’s World Cafe Live. Myers also insists, per the judge’s ruling, that she now suffers from shoulder pain, memory problems, and autoimmune issues that led to lupus.
DuBois’ ruling comes shortly after news that Skrillex has been slapped with a similar lawsuit. A fan alleges that Sonny Moore jumped from the stage at a February 2012 show and landed on her, causing her to suffer a stroke. Lamb of God were also involved in a long manslaughter case over the death of a fan who suffered fatal injuries at one of their shows. Lead singer Randy Blythe was acquitted, and is writing a memoir about the ordeal.