March 21, 2014

Live Performances: Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day Hit in Nuts by Shoe - Nimrod Tour 1997 @ The Palace in Hollywood, CA

During a performance of "Paper Lanterns" Billie Joe asks the audience if anyone has a shirt he can borrow. Pretty soon he has a pile of clothes at his feet as he begins to put various articles of clothing on. After strapping on a bra for the final touch, Billie is struck by a shoe in the nuts. After taking a moment to recover he gets up and calls out the audience member who threw the shoe, laughs it off and keeps playing.

This is in stark contrast to the Eminem set we witnessed at Warped Tour in the early 2000s. Yes, Eminem once played Warped Tour... really... Anyway, about halfway through the set Eminem was struck in the head with a shoe as he was signing "My Name Is" which was his big hit at the time. He immediately called for an end to the music and then addressed the crowd asking who threw the shoe and stormed off stage immediately after shouting at the crowd; "Fuck you, LA. I'm out!"

Rap ain't punk, that's for sure!

Have you ever seen a band member struck by an object on stage? How did they react?