Things did not turn out so good for Enter Shikari frontman Rou Reynolds.
During a show at Plymouth Pyramids last Monday (Feb. 16), the frontman had decided to go into the crowd during “Radiate”/”Gandhi Mate” and something led to another and Reynolds punched someone in the crowd.
In a fanshot video, which only lasts five second and is really dark, you can kind of make out Reynolds punching said person.
Instead of letting the incident get a life of its own (even if it’s been over a week),Reynolds has taken to the web to clarify what went on and led to his decision to knock someone out.
Sadly, it’s something that has become a major problem at shows when band members go into the crowd or even when fans decided to jump on the stage. According to Reynolds, while he was in the dense crowd, some audience members decided to start pulling his pants down and feel his “undercarriage.”
He said he tried to get them to stop by being a “big man,” but that plan failed and led to what happened in the video.
Read his full statement below.
“Hi all, Rou here.
Just seen this video and in order to stop speculation just thought I’d clear up what happened.
After performing the end of ‘Radiate’ in the crowd some people behind me began trying to pull my trousers down . I tried to push them away a few times but due to the density of the crowd this didn’t work. It then progressed (perhaps fuelled by some sort of stubborn oneupmanship) and I began to have my buttocks and my… er, ‘undercarriage’ groped. At this point I spun round pretty shocked and intimidated and asked angrily if they “wanted a punch” – lighter approaches having not worked! – hoping his would stop it.
That seemed to do the opposite and gave them more vigour. I defy anyone to have their scrotum grabbed and not lash out instinctively…
Obviously violence is never the answer and I’m very unhappy personally with how I acted. I should have left the crowd and headed back to stage immediately when this started happening but due to the density of the crowd and the intensity of the situation things played out differently, I’m only human.
The rest of the show was thoroughly enjoyable and the audience overall were great. Everyone else we met before and after the show was absolutely lovely too. It’s a shame but obviously because of this incident I won’t be heading into densely packed crowds in the near future.
P.S. To address the “they paid to see you, so it doesn’t matter what they did…” argument; the ticket price for an Enter Shikari show doesn’t include free access to my gonads I’m afraid. You’re not a doctor. And I’m not a prostitute.
We appreciate & respect every single person that supports us and all we ask in return is respect back. The way this person/people acted was not respectful whatsoever.”