Morrissey’s concert in San Diego on Saturday night did not end as expected when a group of fans rushed the stage during the encore, with one apparently socking the former Smiths frontman in the face and causing the show to end abruptly. However, the singer’s manager has now insisted this isn’t exactly how things went down.
According to TMZ, the 59-year-old singer of such 1980s hits as “How Soon Is Now” and “Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now” was performing at the San Diego Symphony Hall when several members of the crowd were able to jump onstage.
In a fan-shot video (below), one of the fans rushes toward Morrissey and appears to strike him in the face; the apparent assailant can then be seen being placed in a chokehold by a member of the venue’s security team as the singer is quickly whisked offstage. It is not known, reports TMZ, if the man was arrested.
After Morrissey left the stage, hopeful fans waited for him to come back onstage and continue the encore; however, reports TMZ, the singer never returned.
It isn’t known whether Morrissey sustained any injuries during the incident.
Morrissey’s manager Peter Katsis has since jumped to the fans’ defence, sharing a statement on Facebook which read: “Morrissey’s fans are not malicious. The fans were simply doing what they have been doing for almost 30 years. Trying anything they could do to jump onstage and touch him, or hug him.
“The fan in question was certainly more aggressive in reaching out for him than most, so security had to do their job and subdue the fan. That’s all it was.”