The Mars Volta offshoot Antemasque might find themselves in some, ahem, hot water following allegations that frontman Cedric Bixler-Zavala threw a jug of boiling water into a crowd in New Zealand. The band were playing the Westfest in Auckland, New Zealand Tuesday afternoon when the singer threw the jug of liquid into the crowd, the New Zealand Herald says. They spoke to festival-goer Hugh Smith, who said the water was “boiling hot.”
“Cedric threw a plastic kettle full of boiling hot water towards me and my friends,” he said in an email to the Herald. “We were standing about four-five metres back. I threw my hand up to catch it before it collided with my friend’s face … this bruised my hand and thenplashed hot water all over him and my face. “It bloody hurt. My friend’s arm went all burny pink.”
Another attendee said the water was so hot that it was steaming. A spokesperson for Westfest told the Herald they were investigating the claim, and the band’s management had no comment, but they requested that the story not be run. Either way, it’s all caught on video. Soundgarden, Faith No More and Fall Out Boy were among the headliners at the Westfest.