Evil Knievel You Got Nothing On Me


Bill wrote:
>but I do remember the bit, from Lay Your Hands on Me, where Peter gets >up to the edge of center stage, turns with his back to the audience >and then falls backwards into the crowd.

I guess Peter has always been a bit of a daredevil at heart (hence the Evil Knievel reference), and my suspicion is apparently confirmed judging from the behavior described above.  However what I am really interested to know is if he or anyone in the audience was ever injured by such stunts.  While my extremely limited experiences with live concerts mean that I have never personally witnessed any stage-diving, simple application of the laws of physics seems to indicate that this is accident-prone.  I don't know how high these stages are, but common sense would tell you that a bright person in his right mind would not take off into the air with a substantial initial velocity, then let gravity take over and bring him back to earth with a significant acceleration.  Remember once the Adrenaline rush is over, all that remains is pain and suffering.  After all, Peter's body frame is not exactly slight these days, unless he happens to land where all the Schwartzeneggers were standing I doubt if the audience members can withstand the force of the final impact.  And somehow I am having trouble envisioning a PG concert full of Arnold look-alikes :)  From the stage a massive crowd may resemble a sizeable sea but it is not to be mistaken as a true blanket of protection.  There is a danger in putting too much trust in anyone, even one's most devoted fans.  What if some people decide to step away (even if instinctively)?  What about those under the influence of alcohol or drugs who may well be too stoned to anticipate the impact?  There are simply too many scenarios where we could potentially see serious injuries and the ensuing litigations could spell financial and/or public relations disaster.  In short I question the wisdom of such unnecessarily hazardous stage heroics and hope for PG's own sake that he has dropped these from his shows.  Speaking for myself at least I don't need these extra perks for excitement or stimulation, live music tastefully done is more than sufficient to that end.

Other stage stunts gone wrong:

1. I read on Fish's website that he acquired a severe ligament torn and back injury when attempting your basic 360 degree twirl during a song, as a result he had to cancel a number of shows on the 1998 solo tour leading to major financial losses.  So you see it does not take much at all for disaster to strike, just some bad luck. 

2. According to Behind the Music, Metallica singer James Hetfield suffered second degree burns when he accidentally stepped into one of the giant electric flames used for stage effects during a song.

3. Pro-wrestler Owen Hart made headlines in 1999 by plunging to death after the cable that suspended him 50 feet above ground as part of a grand entrance suddenly gave out.  OK this one was not a musician, but I wonder how many singers are still doing their flying-above-the-audience stunt after this happened. 



Dave wrote:

>Interestingly in the POV (point of view) video he loses his white jacket to some jerk who rips it off him and almost causing first his strangulation and second almost dislocating his right shoulder.

There!  What did I tell you?  Seems like Peter's little bonding exercise wasn't always so harmless after all, was it?  Getting intimate (excuse the expression) with the fans has its drawbacks!  Thanks Dave for proving my point.

I might be going off on a tangent here but it just occurred to me that fans in general could be some of the most demanding creatures on earth.  In emotionally charged situations such as live concerts, logic is regularly thrown right out the window, and love can turn into hatred in an instant.  I can understand the ambivalence or even cynicism many modern day celebrities seem to feel towards their own fans.

Since I'm at work right now I shall spare you the rest of the rant.




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