There are musicians who don’t like seeing cameras in the crowd at their concerts. Some of them handle the issue with special pouches which ban you from using your phone camera during the show. Others go full metal and smash the camera pointed at them. At a recent show, singer Steve Lacy chose the second approach.
While he was performing, a fan threw a camera on stage. The singer got mad, took the second camera from the fan’s hand, and fiercely smashed it against the ground. Since everyone films concerts with their phones these days, it was all caught on camera.
The incident took place during Steve’s show in New Orleans on Monday. In the video, you can see Steve stopping the song early and saying “Don’t throw sh*t on my f***ing stage. Please!” He then walked up to a fan in the front row, asked for the camera, and smashed it against the ground. After the dramatic gesture, you can hear him saying “Yeah, that’s it. Peace” before leaving the stage.
@diioorrxo_ hate when people ruin other people’s experience🤦🏽♂️. steve didnt deserve that.#stevelacy #badhabit #geminirights #fyp #music #concert ♬ Bad Habit – Steve Lacy
According to Rolling Stone, Bad Habit is typically Steve’s last song on the official setlist. However, he would sing two more as an encore on previous shows, whereas this didn’t happen in New Orleans. Some people claim Steve returned on stage after the concert. However, others say that he simply ended the concert after the incident, which Rolling Stone also reported.
A TikTok user writes that someone actually threw something on stage, and Steve “threw another random, innocent, person’s camera.” That’s actually what crossed my mind, because how could he take the camera from a fan if the fan had already thrown it on stage? However, another angle shows that it was the same person… And that they apparently had more than one camera on them.
Deserved 🤷🏻♂️ pic.twitter.com/CQMlC5O8HU
— qwerty (@10031905fc) October 25, 2022
A day after the incident, Steve shared his thoughts on Instagram:
“my shows been fun as hell! shoutout to the people not throwing disposable cameras at me and just coming to catch a vibe and connect :) i had a really good time in nola last night. i hate that the beauty of the connection i have with so many people in the crowd-gets lost when something negative happens. i don’t believe i owe anyone an apology- maybe i couldve reacted better? sure. always. i’m a student of life. but i’m a real person with real feelings and real reactions. i’m not a product or a robot. i am human. i will continue to give my all at these shows. please come with respect for urself and others please thank you love u”
Fans’ opinions were different, but most of them believe Steve’s reaction was over the top. “From this angle I still don’t think it’s worth ending the whole concert, but for sure should have them kicked out,” one person wrote on Twitter. “Bro gets a lil mainstream and does this,” another commented on TikTok. I also think he went a little overboard… But on the other hand, I’m also definitely not siding with anyone who throws heavy stuff on stage!
This made me remember the story of the fan who threw a roll of film at Depeche Mode in 1983. But hey, this isn’t 1983… And Steve Lacy most definitely isn’t Dave Gahan, Martin Gore, or Andrew Fletcher.