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Jeff Tweedy, leader of the rock band Wilco has responded to the incident during the band's Monday night (October 16) show in Springfield, Mo., where he punched a male fan who had jumped onto the stage and approached him while performing.


Although we normally go WAY out of our way to avoid responding to things like this, we feel obligated to address some sensationalized stories about Monday night's Wilco show in Springfield, Missouri.

Here's a brief synopsis of what happened. It was clear fairly early on that security was a bit lax at the Shrine Mosque. We had decided in advance to not have a barricade in front of the stage (a mistake?) so the band and crowd could be as close together as possible. The band prefer it that way.

Fairly early in the set, there were a couple of people shoving and roughing up others in front of the stage. Jeff asked everyone to calm down and respect each other and when things did, the band resumed the set.

At the end of the main set, a woman sneaked up a back stairway and entered from a side stage door. Shortly thereafter she ran onto the stage and sat on the piano bench next to keyboardist Mikael Jorgensen while the band played "Poor Places." She was heavily intoxicated and was removed from the stage by several members of the band's crew.

As that situation was getting dealt with, another arose. During the first encore a young man jumped onto the stage and did the requisite salute to his pals. While we certainly do not encourage that kind of behavior, we were prepared to let it go, as he was, it seemed, heading back into the crowd. Just when it appeared he was walking off the stage he turned around and moved towards Jeff Tweedy from behind. Jeff did not see him approaching, but felt the guy's hands on his head. To this, Jeff reacted. As Jeff put it... "I really regret what happened last night. I wish it had gone another way... and I suspect had I felt safer on that stage, had security been doing a better job all night long, well things would have gone differently. He approached me from behind... and I reacted in defense to get him away. I didn't know what his intentions were... and I had to get him off of me. I'm sad that it happened at all."

Longtime Springfield resident Lou Whitney (owner of The Studio, record producer and bassist for the Skeletons/Morrels, Syd Straw, Steve Forbert, and others) was at the show. He put it this way. "Jeff shouldn't back off an inch on this one. I saw the whole damn thing... he reacted how anyone would when surprised by having someone invade their personal space -- a space that is supposed to be secure. The guy walked up behind him and grabbed him around his head. You couldn't tell if he was gonna kiss him, hug him or something else. And Jeff pushed him or hit him or whatever to get him away. Hell, under the circumstances, Mahatma Gandhi probably might have done the same thing."

From there the show continued normally. Nobody got hurt, a few people got scared, but it went on. The band played their entire set list (okay, they dropped a song... but that happens all the time) finished up their two encores and got on the bus and headed for West Virginia. Suffice to say... a good time was had by most.

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[Published on: 10/19/06]

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Andrew W. starstarstarstar Thu 10/19/2006 10:35AM
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Andrew W.

What's with all the violence? Can't we all just get along?

jamarama starstarstarstar Thu 10/19/2006 10:51AM
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Thats what happens when you listen to music like Marilyn Manson and Wilco

treetops78 starstarstarstarstar Thu 10/19/2006 10:55AM
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More of a "get out of my face, don't kiss me", then a punch.

roberto767 Thu 10/19/2006 11:07AM
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Kick his ass Seabass!

garriswh Thu 10/19/2006 11:21AM
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yea, not really a punch at all

auster starstarstarstar Thu 10/19/2006 11:27AM
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After dime can you blame the guy?

fishman11 starstarstar Thu 10/19/2006 11:51AM
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that was a pussy ass punch. is that even considered a punch? might as well turned around and grabbed the guys ass, probably would have hurt more...

RobbieK Thu 10/19/2006 12:00PM
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They should have all ghetto stomped the living shit out of that fucker so he'd have to be fed thru a straw for a long ass time. DO NOT FUCK WITH TWEEDY.

G$Love starstarstarstar Thu 10/19/2006 12:16PM
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Man, what a totally reasonable and levelheaded response from Tweedy. That is a professional, to be able to hold it together like that with whackos jumping on stage and grabbing you from behind.

jjwood starstarstarstar Thu 10/19/2006 12:33PM
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The REAL issue is the audience members. Simple Rule: Unless the artist invites you onstage, there is NO place for an audience member to be onstage! If you don't understand that, then you need a course in concert etiquette. I have no sympathy for any implications that happen to patrons breaking that rule: If you go onstage without artist consent, then you deserve whatever happens to you!

tsunami42 starstarstarstar Thu 10/19/2006 12:33PM
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any idiot who jumps on stage should get the living hell beat out of them by hired goons!!!

nfenne starstarstarstarstar Thu 10/19/2006 01:18PM
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Rather than inflict violence I like when a musician berates and belittles the obnoxious fan. Then let the roadies beat the snot out of him in the alley.

All Loving Liberal White Guy starstarstar Thu 10/19/2006 01:19PM
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All Loving Liberal White Guy

gotta love that you tube. but in all seriousness tweedy was wrong for hitting the dude. but on the other hand anybody who knows anything about wilco, knows that jeff tweedy is a highly unstable and mentally volitaile person so if you're gonna get up all in his space (especially while he's playing a great song like "poor places") then he's gonna react.

kimmiet319 starstarstarstarstar Thu 10/19/2006 01:20PM
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that was no punch! a mere push.. at best.

winecorker Thu 10/19/2006 01:21PM
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Yeah, not a punch but a push. Anyone seen old NFL footage of Chuck Bednarik close-lining a fan that decided to run across the field during a football game? That was vicious, but still, the fan deserved it. I manage a band with a female vocalist. At one show, a fan jumped on stage and twirled a $10 bill above her head before dropping it, stripper style. I lambasted the security guy that was closest. His response was, "What do you want me to do, tackle the guy?" Ummmm, yeah, that's exactly what I want you to do. Security at some clubs is a joke.

PlanetVibes starstarstarstarstar Thu 10/19/2006 01:49PM
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Most of you have missed the point completely. That fan was completely selfish. Have the time of your life- without endangering someone else's night. If you can't adhere to that then you don't need to be at a theater, perhaps you need a frat-house.

Foominaut starstarstarstarstar Thu 10/19/2006 02:22PM
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thats nuts, that video says it all. I would ahve punched the guy too. I have a lot of respect for them since they finished the song. That would have shaken me up a bit.....this happened recently at a DMB show too where someone came on stage like that.whats up? Did fans forget the unwritten rules of attending a show!

Bill Clifford Thu 10/19/2006 02:41PM
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Yea, what a hooser. Def more of a shoove than a punch. Drunk terd tried to kiss Tweedy. When he was singing and playing. I'd have done the same if not worse.

People should not be so damn immature at a show. Respect the music, and the musician.

All Loving Liberal White Guy starstarstarstar Thu 10/19/2006 04:05PM
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All Loving Liberal White Guy

what is up with all of this violence at shows? and whats next? an all out riot at a rainbow gathereing? and yes winecork, i've seen that clip. they didn't call bednarik concrete charlie for nothing.

pat5507 starstarstarstarstar Thu 10/19/2006 04:42PM
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that wasn't a punch.

Pusherman6 starstarstarstarstar Thu 10/19/2006 06:54PM
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I was at that show, and Tweedy did an awesome job dealing with all of the trouble. It is frustrating though to go pay good money, travel, etc. for shows that people ruin.

KWM04 Thu 10/19/2006 08:11PM
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wheres the love......... people dancing on stage provokes violence from a band........what the phuck is going on.......phuck tweedy phuck wilco.......ur playing live music bring good loving vibes not violent hateful ones....

Hotchkiss Fri 10/20/2006 12:35AM
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that guy wasn't dancing on stage, he was being a drunk fool, and he violated jeff's personel space.

and if you use that as an excuse to say "phuck wilco" your clearly a ignorant, small, shallow, narrow minded nit wit who wouldn't know good music if it came up and punched you in the nose.

theivywall Fri 10/20/2006 02:40AM
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Generally punching lost, harmless drunk dudes is not necessary but it's hard to judge Tweedy. It seems like an innate reaction, anyone may have reacted that way...

nuke_ticketbastard Fri 10/20/2006 05:21AM
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yeah no biggie , most places that guy would have gotten pummeled by security , by the way side note: did anyone see the guy that made it on stage at the clifford ball and goes right up to trey and hugs him?! cant believe he had made it that far , but trey was just like " ok that was weird!........sure this will fuel some comments:-)

brandonsworth starstarstarstarstar Fri 10/20/2006 08:18AM
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KWM04, get real. Sorry, but Wilco is not a band that noodles endlessly in a quest to 'bring good loving vibes' to the masses - they are a band that plays music about REAL LIFE, which unfortunately is not all 'good loving vibes'

I think Tweedy was totally justified. Is there any Wilco/Tweedy fan out there who would ever think that they could get away with what this guy did? If you're such a big fan of Tweedy that you want to kiss him, you should probably know that he's a pretty moody guy who likes his personal space. That makes me doubt that this 'fan' really had an uncontrolable urge to profess his love for Tweedy - more like an uncontrolable urge to get attention for himself.

zzdowz Fri 10/20/2006 08:55AM
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Jeff Tweedy is a dick. Last time I saw him was in Lincoln and he was bitching at the crowd for talking while he was playing, I understand the concept but what a dick for stopping his song and bringing it up. My mind hasn't changed Jeff Tweedy is still a dick.

nuke_ticketbastard Fri 10/20/2006 09:19AM
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it would be cool to see a celebrity deathmatch between jeff tweedy and axl rose , then the winner could face off against david crosby

KWM04 Fri 10/20/2006 10:18AM
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word to it.....stir up the minds....... see i love seeing people reacting to different words.....and i love the music of wilco and i can still say phuck wilco as people.... keep the minds rolling

Emo Fri 10/20/2006 11:01AM
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good job. I work at a music venue and we have a game we like to play called Roadie Frogger. If someone breaches the apron of the stage you get to tackle them off. You get points for flips and twists before they hit the ground. The only people uninvited that are allowed on the stage are the band's techs and the venues front of house man. anyone else has no business being there and deserves to be lying on whatever they fall from. Regardless if the dude is a dick. Most artists are, it comes with the territory.That kid is lucky he didn't try that in our club. we aren't big guys but falling four feet off the front of the stage face first doesn't feel pretty.

ConciousCollaboration starstarstarstar Fri 10/20/2006 01:55PM
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Emo you're bout cool as aids bro. That's why people do stupid stuff like that half the time its to taunt bouncers like you.

shanky95 starstarstarstar Fri 10/20/2006 02:30PM
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I think the boys in Wilco are mad talented and I love thier albums. I'm not a fan of their live shows. I also saw a documentary on the making of Yankee Hotel Foxtrot and Tweedy did seem a bit moody and pissed off all the time. However, no "fan" should ever try and touch a lead singer while hes singing and playing. He deserved it. EMO, where is yer club, i bet its down south somewhere where you and your redneck bouncer buddies drink PBR and play whatever the fuck you said. If this amuses you have fun with your shitty life. I'd like to jump on your stage and give you a Chuck Bednarik style clothesline when you try and charge me. Also, the song they are playing is "Airline to Heaven", not "Poor Places".

heyheymymy Fri 10/20/2006 08:13PM
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Don't know if this was posted here yet but...

"obitman (1 day ago)
Dig this, friends .... I was at the show ... my daughter, who is in a wheelchair, was in the front row ... .this obnoxious drunk actually grabbed ahold of my daughter's wheelchair and then stood on her legs to get up on the stage! He is despicable! Kelly K., Springfield, MO "

- from the youtube comments section

Who is defending this drunk again? "phuck wilco"?? The only bad vibes in the house was from the idiot who jumped on stage and tried to touch the artist.

"wheres the love"??? How about: wheres the respect for the artists you pay to go see perform?

Please respect yourself and others by not consuming to much booze in public.

danknugget starstarstarstarstar Sat 10/21/2006 06:29AM
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if that was a punch, then well, my little sister hits harder!! Do you really blame the guy and shit he was really nice about telling people to stay off the stage after it happened. He could have went f*cking nuts and screamed but he was clam. If he was this huge dick like some people claim he would have been mean, but he picked up right where he left off so leave him alone. Never liked Wilco but maybe I will give them a chance.

Matthew Jaworski starstarstar Sat 10/21/2006 08:39AM
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Matthew Jaworski

Heavily intoxicated chicks + punks getting punched in the fucking face + gimps in wheelchairs getting stepped on = I'm gonna have to start going to Wilco shows!!!

theorb419 starstarstarstarstar Sat 10/21/2006 09:49PM
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fishman11, you have to be fucking kidding me. tweedy pushed him, not punched. he also had a guitar and i'm pretty sure he didn't want to break it by gettin all crunk on that fool's ass. wilco is sick. i never really liked them til a friend of mine saw em live and told me how great it was and burned me a live album. its damn good, and they are really talented guys.

BlowsAgainsttheEmpire Sun 10/22/2006 06:00AM
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good for tweedy.

simple-alex starstarstarstarstar Sun 10/22/2006 06:06PM
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one of the best song writers can also throw some bows (in self defense of course)

stlcross starstar Sun 10/22/2006 11:43PM
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As was at the show that night and up front to see everthing firsthand.This was my 12th Wilco show and strangest to say the least.I sat next to the PA wall and was still overwhelmed by drunken girls screaming"I love you Jeff Tweedy",and other imature remarks you would probably expect from a drunk highschool cheerleader.IMO I would of stopped the show right then and there.Someone stated above that they were playing Poor Places at the time,and that is incorrect.The first incident was the guy in the front who knocked into a man's little brother and Jeff gave the man a reasonable WTF,the second incident was during Poor Places on Mikael's piano bench,and the third incident was during Airline To Heaven with the guy on stage.First of all,Jeff's eyes were closed during Airline,and if any of you know this tune it is a pretty emotional song written by Woody Guthrie,and having that Jeff's mother died a week before this event was even more a props to Jeff for being able to play this tune,let alone keep the tour going.Even afer this incident,Jeff came down to the front of the stage and gave hugs and handshakes during Hummingbird,class act IMO!And whoever stated above that Jeff was a dick for stopping a song at a solo show is an idiot.The whole idea of a solo show is to listen an respect the artist,if you wanna talk,why even go to solo shows,stay at home or go to a bar!I will be at the Tweedy show on friday and if your talking I will expect Jeff to do the same,drunken frat boy stay at home!Much love to those who can control yourself in an adult manor.Through mucic we can change the world.

nuke_ticketbastard Mon 10/23/2006 05:17AM
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ujawoma - "gimps getting stepped on " ??? thats pure class , a statement like that puts you about 2 turds lower than the douche who jumped on stage in the shitpile of life

bottles711 star Mon 10/23/2006 09:43AM
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Gay band, gay songs, gay fans that should be punched in the face.

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YEAH BOTTLES711. Yeah.. I agree.

kbornstar star Mon 10/23/2006 02:04PM
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uhhh...i hope everyone read the jeff tweedy/ghandi comparison toward the end of the article...what a crock of fucking bullshit. wilco means will comply, if you put a fat dick in any of their asses.

Matthew Jaworski starstarstar Mon 10/23/2006 02:59PM
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Matthew Jaworski

Relax, kizzy1. It's called "gallows humor." Look into it. Also, regarding the last 3 people who posted, how many turds would you give them?

Coulbean starstarstarstar Mon 10/23/2006 07:38PM
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Totally understandable, in my opinion. Tweedy grew up in my hometown of Belleville, IL. We saw the obituary for his mother in the paper a few weeks ago. Poor guy. He's been under stress. He was on stage... that guy could've been anybody... of course he felt threatened. Horrible things have happened to musicians on stage from freaky fans. Nevermind the fact that the drunk was being totally rude and disrepectful.

dedhed6111 Tue 10/24/2006 06:02PM
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I can't believe some of you guys. Phuck 'em all so we can move our minds, man. Its people like you that make me embarrassed to say I like STS9 sometimes. grab some heady crystals bra, move those minds and feel the flow. whatfuckingever. And Axl Rose would beat the everliving fuck out of Jeff Tweedy and David Crosby combined with superpowers, level 5 shields, and a cherry on top.

Kwatto starstarstar Thu 10/26/2006 09:02PM
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I think it's absolutely hillarious that some you "music fans" have nothing better to do than leave anti-Wilco comments on a Wilco story. You say they're gay, or they suck; so why are you even caring enough to post to this story? Probably because you have NO LIFE. Go follow John Mayer or something. At any rate, GO TEAM WILCO!!!

BGsteveBG Fri 10/27/2006 01:50PM
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wilco is amazing. period.

PCPrabbit Tue 10/31/2006 10:51AM
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come on now. watch the vid. that person needs to let musicians do what they do and not interfere. grabbing a dude's head in the middle of a song? thats fucked up. at least he wasnt getting hit by bottles, like ymsb.

manjotar Tue 10/31/2006 04:01PM
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when was yonder mounatain hit with bottles??
is it cause the new album has drums in it?

BGsteveBG starstarstarstarstar Tue 10/31/2006 11:27PM
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honestly if there is any such case of a band being negative to an audience member...this isnt it!! this guy should have been arrested and have charges pressed. anyone who supportes this douchebag on this thread has no respect for music at all and should not make any posts about music on this site. ever. this guy should have gotten thrown in jail, and tweedy is a hero. period.