Musicians gone wild: Four painful performance mishaps

Rod Stewart kicks a soccer ball to the crowd as he performs at the Vina del Mar International Song Festival in Vina del Mar, Chile, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014.
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Rod Stewart is being sued by an audience member who claims the singer kicked a soccer ball into the crowd and broke his nose during a Las Vegas performance. It got us wondering about how we’d rank some painfully awkward (and seriously horrific) performance mishaps, starting from least to most severe:

1. Miguel at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas (2013) The performer attempted a dramatic jump from the stage, landing on one fan’s head. Khyati Shah reportedly suffered cognitive difficulties for several months after the incident. No lawsuit was filed.

2. Ronnie Radke at the FestEVIL in New Jersey (2012) The singer was arrested after throwing four mic stands into the crowd, causing cuts and bruises for several audience members. No lawsuits were filed.

3. Fishbone in Philadelphia (2010) Vocalist and sax player Angelo Moore leapt into the audience, landing on Kimberly Myers and knocking her to the ground, breaking her skull and collarbone. A federal judge ordered the band to pay her $1.4 million in damages.

4. Charles Haddon in Belgium (2010) The British pop singer dove from the stage, crushing and seriously injuring a fan. Distraught over the incident, Haddon killed himself hours later by jumping off a satellite mast.

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