Women Injured in Stage-Diving Accident Wins $1.4 Million Dollars

According to the lead singer of Fishbone, Angelo “Dr. Madd Vibe” Moore (age 48) “[p]eople want to be on the edge when they go to a Fishbone show.”  Fishbone is an alt rock band formed in 1979, which plays a fusion of ska, punk rock, funk, hard rock, and soul. Nothing screams edgy like a 48-year-old vocalist and saxophonist nicknamed Dr. Madd Vibe hurtling himself into the crowd.   Fishbone doesn’t want to detract from the show’s theatrics and therefore does not issue warnings about its act. Well, those theatrics have cost Fishbone and Dr. Madd Vibe $1.1 million in compensatory damages and $250,000 in punitive. In 2010, Kimberly Myers was attending a Fishbone show put on by WXPN, a Philadelphia radio show, when Moore dived off the stage, colliding with Myer, knocking her to the ground, where she lost consciousness. But the show must go on, and Fishbone continued to perform as though nothing had happened.  As a result of the incident, Myers broke her skull and collarbone.  She now claims to suffer from memory problems, shoulder pain, and autoimmune problems that led to lupus. Apparently, Fishbone has been stage-diving for two decades and has been sued at least one other time for stage-diving related incidents.  According to Moore’s testimony, an ambulance is called to their venues once every couple of months.  Edgy. Apparently, the argument about stage-diving continues.  In 2013, the Ocean Collective and the Summer Slaughter Tour took shots at each other on Facebook.  The Ocean Collective was touring on the Summer Slaughter Tour.  The Ocean Collective lamented the “stupid ‘no jumping into the crowd’ rules” were boring them and told fans “if you are worried about ruining your make up, don’t be in the first row.”  Ash Avildsen, founder of the Summer Slaughter Tour, appropriately responded; including “[j]umping off things at venue doesn’t make you extreme, it makes you dangerous.”

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