The bass player and singer of the Dropkick Murphys got into a little scuffle Friday night with an audience member who was allegedly attacking fans during the band’s House of Blues concert, he said.
“Basically, guy was attacking fans and I was trying to defend them,” Ken Casey said in a telephone interview after the band’s Saturday night show. “Security can’t always see what is going on three to four feet back, but we can . . . that’s about the size of this.”
Casey said the incident happened about three-quarters of the way into the band’s show.
“Me and the guy got into it a little bit, and before anything really happened someone threw a beer at my head and split my head wide open,” he said, adding that he was OK: “I’m good — not the first or last time I will be hit with a projectile.”
In a video that Casey shared with the Globe, a hand in the crowd can be seen hurling what appears to be a blue can that then nailed Casey on the head. (TMZ also posted a similar video from a different angle. In that video, a band member told the crowd, “See, when we invite you guys to come to one of our shows, its like we’re saying, ‘Come to our house.’ When someone disrespects us, it’s like you’re disrespecting us in our house. This is our house.”)
Boston police responded to a disturbance report at the venue’s address, on Lansdowne Street, at about 10:04 p.m., said Officer James Moccia, a department spokesman. There were no arrests or injuries. No suspect was identified, he said.
Attempts to contact a spokesperson for the House of Blues were unsuccessful Sunday.
It is not the first time the band has had a tussle at a show. In 2013, Casey reportedly hit a man who did what appeared to be a Nazi salute while the band performed in New York.
In a statement after the brief interview, Casey pointed to the 2013 incident and said such happenings aren’t common.
“We’ve been doing this 23 years and this is only the second time something like this has ever happened and the first one was with a Neo-Nazi,” he wrote. “So this isn’t a normal occurrence. We love [our] fan base and consider them family and will stick up for them if someone is trying to harm them. End of story.”
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