Fishbone Ordered to Pay $1.4 Million in Lawsuit Over Stage Dive

From Loudwire.com

Concert safety continues to be a growing concern, and a veteran band is paying heavily for a past infraction. Ska/punk outfit Fishbone was ordered by a federal judge to pay a woman injured at one of their concerts $1.4 million.

According to ABC News, the cause of the accident came during a 2010 performance in Philadelphia when Fishbone vocalist and sax player Angelo Moore stagedove into the audience and landed on Kimberly Myers of Voorhees, N.J., knocking her to the ground in the process.

U.S. District Judge Jan DuBois stated in her ruling that even though Myers lost consciousness, the band “continued to perform as if nothing happened.” It was later learned that Myers had broken her skull and collarbone in the incident.

DuBois also stated in her ruling, “Moore testified that every couple of months an ambulance is called to the concert venue.” He had also stated in a February 2011 deposition that the band doesn’t issue warnings about the act because it detracts from the show’s “theatrics.”

Myers claimed that she did not know that Fishbone were on the schedule when she went to see the radio show that night. She had previously settled with the other defendants in the suit.

The stage diving phenomenon has claimed several headline making casualties, including one last month in which a man died after stage diving during a Suicidal Tendencies-headlined show in Switzerland. More on that case can be read by clicking the button below.

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Riot Fest and Carnival Chicago in September Promises Big Acts

After a landmark year in 2011, the eighth annual RIOT FEST–the music festival which celebrates rock, indie, punk and underground artists from every era–is expanding for the first-time ever into an outdoor music event and carnival in 2012. The RIOT FEST & CARNIVAL will feature a wide mix of artists ranging from Gaslight Anthem, NOFX, Alkaline Trio, Built To Spill, AWOLNATION, Gogol Bordello, Frank Turner, Coheed and Cambria, Less Than Jake and many more. It’s set for Friday, September 14, Saturday, September 15 and Sunday, September 16 in Chicago on the beautiful grounds of Humboldt Park which boasts rolling fields, pavilions, tall trees, picturesque gardens a lake and lagoons with a majestic view of the Chicago skyline.

Promoters are encouraging fans not to miss out by unveiling the majority of the diverse line-up for 2012 and offering an early-bird 2-Day pass for $36.00, plus surcharges for a limited time. 3-day passes begin at $90.00 and include all shows at Humboldt Park, Congress Theater and after-parties. VIP passes are available for $155.00 and include private stage-viewing areas, a sectioned off VIP area in the park with a private bar and drink tickets. Tickets are available at http://www.riotfest.org.

RIOT FEST & CARNIVAL is expanding to its new location Humboldt Park–which is flanked by a handful of hip neighborhoods including Wicker Park and the Division Street corridor–in order to accommodate a large carnival atmosphere featuring three main music stages, thrilling rides, games, vendors and gourmet food trucks thoughtfully arranged on the gorgeous park grounds with stunning views of downtown Chicago for an enjoyable experience. With temperatures averaging around a perfect 75°F/24°C, September is one of Chicago’s most popular months for travelers from all over the world.

A wide array of confirmed talent is on tap for RIOT FEST & CARNIVAL, including RISE AGAINST, IGGY & THE STOOGES, ELVIS COSTELLO, THE OFFSPRING, A DAY TO REMEMBER, COHEED AND CAMBRIA, DESCENDENTS, GOGOL BORDELLO, THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN, DROPKICK MURPHYS, NOFX, THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM, ALKALINE TRIO, AWOLNATION, THE PROMISE RING, GWAR, AUGUST BURNS RED, FRANK TURNER, BUILT TO SPILL, LESS THAN JAKE, REVEREND HORTON HEAT, FISHBONE, NOBUNNY, A WILHELM SCREAM, SCREAMING FEMALES, TEENAGE BOTTLEROCKET, OFF WITH THEIR HEADS, DEALS GONE BAD, WHITE MYSTERY, LARRY AND HIS FLASK, THE STORY SO FAR, JAPANTHER; and the first show for a reunited CHIODOS (original line-up) as well as a reunion for SLAPSTICK.

More acts and events will be announced in the coming weeks leading up to the festival.