Fishbone Ordered to Pay Fan Injured at Show
ABC News is reporting Fishbone has been ordered to pay a Pennsylvania woman who sued the band after she broke her skull and collarbone following a stage dive from lead singer Angelo “Dr. Madd Vibe” Moore during a performance at WXPN’s World Cafe Live in 2010. Kimberly Myers of Voorhees, NJ—who also lost consciousness after sustaining the injury—will receive $1.4 million after a judge ruled that Moore showed little to no remorse and hasn’t stopped stage-diving despite frequent injuries to concert-goers.
The award includes $1.1 million in compensatory damages against Moore and the band as well as business partner and bassist John Norwood Fisher. Moore was also ordered to pay $250,000 in punitive damages. Moore testified in 2011 that the ambulance is called to the venue every couple of months, and that “people want to be on edge when they go to a Fishbone show.”
Myers, the 46-year old mother of three, recently settled with other defendants involved in the incident, including University of Pennsylvania, who operates the music venue.
The band took to Facebook to respond to the situation:
Due to legal circumstances, we are limited in our response to the recent court ruling. We do not endorse or encourage disruptive behavior that results in injury. We do endorse self expression and feel strongly that self expression is a powerful form of artistic release, as it defines the punk rock subculture we, and hundreds of bands have been a part of since the late 1970’s. We do not encourage people to come forth and participate in, for example, a mosh pit, if it is not something they are familiar with or beyond their comfort level. Our many fans are familiar with our show. The claim against us outlined what was a very unfortunate and accidental circumstance experienced by someone who had never been to a Fishbone concert. We’d like to encourage a discussion by fans, nonfans, the venues and promoters about artistic expression at concerts and how to move forward from here.
Angelo Moore, John Norwood Fisher and the members of Fishbone.