Concerts are a central place for fans and music lovers to gather and watch their favorite band perform live before their eyes. Often, fans will be propping up the bar, and depending on the genre of music there are mosh pits in front of the stage with people pushing each other around and running into each other at pretty high speeds. Between this mix of people and behavior, it is a bit of a shock that there aren't more accidents at these events. Luckily, death at a concert is rare, but when it happens, it affects not only the fan base, but the musicians themselves. One has to wonder if the band feels a burden of responsibility for the actions that took place, or if the audience members feel a level of guilt as one of their own has fallen. Nevertheless, it is truly a tragedy when any human life is lost, especially during an event where people are supposed to be celebratory and joyful, even if it is (in the case of heavier rock) an aggressive sort of celebration.
The most frightening thing about some of the deaths that occur at music concerts is that, between the loud music and the chaos all around, it can be just too late by the time real trouble is identified. Here, we've looked at ten concerts that ended tragically in bloodshed, ranked by the number of fatalities. With the alarming number of deaths at these concerts, these incidents serve as a grim reminder that if you're a regular concert attendee, you should be careful out there. And for night club or venue owners, some of these stories are a harsh reminder those annoying fire safety protocols are there for very good reason...
9 Altamont Free Concert – 4 Deaths
On December 6, 1969, San Francisco was host to the Altamont Free Concert at the peak of the rock and roll era of the sixties. Over 300,000 people attended the concert, and Hell's Angels bikers were hired for security and keeping the stage clear, armed with chains and pool cues. With a combination of drugs and beer, the crowd began to attack each other, the security, and the stage. Throughout the day, attendees were becoming more violent and restless - to the point that the band, Grateful Dead, refused to play. During the Rolling Stones set, audience member Meredith Hunter brought a gun out after being punched in the face, and he ended up being tackled and stabbed by a Hell's Angel.