If you hadn’t noticed by the plethora of extremely rogue objects being hurled at musicians mid-concert, the sanctity of a stadium stage has now been desecrated.
Concert etiquette is seemingly encouraging the act of throwing things at a performer during their show, with Harry Styles the latest member to join the hyper-niche club of “being hit in the face with a flying object”.
Like a court jester being flung tomatoes, the Harry’s House singer suffered a blow to his face from an unknown concert attendee during the Austrian leg of his Love On Tour.
In videos circulating social media, the typically jovial Styles was filmed walking back to the stage before something made an impact with his eye. The singer, complete in a sequin Gucci ensemble, then heeled over in pain with his hand covering his face.
Based on this interaction, the remaining four shows of his 22-month-long tour have subsequently been soured and we wouldn’t be surprised if the outstanding concerts were rebranded as the Love (Lost) On Tour.
At the beginning of his Vienna show, fans were aware that the performance would be a milestone occasion with Taylor Russell (of Bones And All and Loewe Spring/Summer 2023 fame) in attendance. For the uninitiated, Styles and Russell are embroiled in dating rumours after the pair were spotted together out in London in June.
Yet, the later half of the performance took a turn as Styles was struck—the crowd naturally booing the pitcher. As anyone who has gone to a Harry Styles concert, the act of throwing things onto the stage is by no means unwelcome.
While the former One Direction member was in Perth earlier this year, Styles picked up a $9 straw hat from hardware conglomerate Bunnings hat and performed with it. However, this recent occurrence is the latest in a string of on-stage violations experienced by musicians.
In June, two separate concertgoers tossed a sandwich bag filled with their mother’s ashes and a wheel of brie at P!NK’s London shows. American singer Bebe Rexha suffered a black eye and a small laceration on her eyebrow after a phone was thrown at her during a show in New York.
Styles hasn’t addressed the incident, but we’re not sure what is worse in the situation: Styles’ pain from being pelted by a moving object, or the humiliation suffered from the person who failed at creating an intimate moment with the singer and instead hit him.
And to the rogue object left onstage at his show…Vienna waits for you.