BBC News is reporting that Motörhead fan Andrew Crawford was beaten to death by two men after attending a concert at the O2 Arena in Leeds, England. The assault was believed to have arisen from an earlier incident at the show when the two men lit one of Crawford’s friend’s hair on fire. His friend wasn’t seriously injured, but left the show after speaking to security. After the show, Crawford(pictured on the side) and his cousin confronted the two men and a fight ensued. While his cousin was not seriously injured, Crawford was rushed to Leeds General Infirmary with serious head injuries, and died later in the evening. Police reportedly arrested the two men, one 26 and the other 30 years old, but both posted bail shortly after. Crawford, a divorced father of one, was 44 years old.
Stuff like this gives metal concerts a bad name. No one should ever be put in harm’s way at a show, no matter what type of concert or band is playing. To make it worse, Motörhead and their fans will probably get a lot of heat for the actions of a few hoodlums trying to cause trouble for others. Either way you look at it, it’s simply a sad turn of events. We will keep you updated if more occurs.