It didn’t take long for there to be drama on this Summer’s Vans Warped Tour. In fact, at the first show in Dallas (24), Australian metalcore band In Heart’s Wake stopped their set when singer Jake Taylor noticed a would-be stage diver being restrained by security. He had the concertgoer in a headlock, and the singer jumped off stage to help the fan. In an update on their Facebook page, Taylor made sure to mention that he had respect for the majority of security, but not the one guy, who was local.
Security guards are 99.9% helpful but it disgusted us to witness the 0.1% at Warped Tour in Dallas, (a local security guard not an official Warped security) who was built like ‘Duke Nukem’ restrain and choke a fan in the crowd for ‘moving towards the barrier’. His head was literally turning blue and all we could read on his lips were ‘I can’t breathe’. It was completely unnecessary, we did our best to intervene, pulling on his arm to try allow air in whilst every other guard just stood back. If you’re a security guard reading this you need to understand that this is a metal show, not a UFC death match. And if you’re in the mosh enjoy yourself and be respectful but you also need to be aware of the consequences – which shouldn’t be the possibility of being put into submission to the point of unconsciousness. Please take care and look out for one another. If anyone else has any videos or photos please let us know so we can help find justice – IHW / Jake
We’ve reached out to Warped founder Kevin Lyman to see what the tour’s protocol is when dealing with local security. They’ve got an extremely good track record for safety at shows, and it seems like this was an isolated incident that was stopped before it got out of hand.