Tim McGraw Slams "Terrible" Trend of Concertgoers Throwing Objects At Performers

Tim McGraw spoke out after musicians like Kelsea Ballerini, Cardi B and Bebe Rexha had objects thrown at them during shows.

By Meaghan Kirby Jul 31, 2023 3:58 PMTags
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When you think Tim McGraw, he hopes you don't think about chucking anything at him.

After Bebe Rexha, Kelsea Ballerini, Cardi B and more have been struck by objects—cell phones, drinks, etc.—while performing on stage, the country star is asking fans to think before they throw.

"I think it's terrible," McGraw told CNN in an interview published July 31. "I mean, you could really injure somebody and you could miss and hit somebody in the audience and injure somebody. What happens if somebody gets hurt? Then it ruins the show for everybody. If somebody can't continue performing."

And while the singer has faced similar on-stage issues, he doesn't like it, he doesn't love it. 

"I'm used to soft goods being thrown at me," he continued. "And that's fine, but don't throw anything that's got any heft to it that's gonna hurt somebody. I just think that it's just not appropriate to do. Everybody's there to have fun and there's just no need in any of that."

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Still, McGraw has a contingency plan just in case he encounters a rogue object flying towards him during one of his shows. As he put it, "Hopefully it doesn't happen, but I'll try to stay calm if it does."

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The Grammy winner's comments come amid several incidents in recent months in which artists have been hit by objects tossed from the crowd during concerts. Back in June, Rexha got a black eye after being struck by a fan's cell phone during a New York City performance. The concertgoer was subsequently arrested and charged with assault. 

A little more than a week later, while performing in Idaho, Ballerini left the stage mid-song after she was hit in the eye by a bracelet. 

"We all have triggers and layers of fears way deeper than what is shown," she wrote afterwards, "and that's why I walked offstage to calm down and make sure myself, band and crew, and the crowd all felt safe to continue. That's all I ever want, is for shows to feel like a safe place for us all."

Meanwhile, Adele wants to set fire to this trend, if you can even call it that.

"Have you noticed how people are like forgetting f--king show etiquette at the moment?" she asked the crowd at her Las Vegas residency earlier this month. "People just throwing s--t onstage. Have you seen them?"

"I f--king dare you," she added. "Dare you to throw something at me and I'll f--king kill you."

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