During a performance with his band Circa Survive in Missouri, bass player Brendan Ekstrom darted off the stage, right in the middle of a song.
Fans were concerned and confused by the bassist’s random exit, so he decided to explain what really happened on Twitter. People are shocked by what he revealed.
“Quick note to those who were at the show last night. I've been doing this for 20 years and I've never walked of stage during a song before.” Brendan began.
Apparently, the bass player was growing concerned after seeing a male in the crowd continuously attempt to grab and kiss a female fan. She repeatedly tried to push him off, but the man wouldn’t stop bothering her.
“For almost a whole song I watched a guy stand a row behind a girl flirting and then trying to kiss her. It was hard to tell what was really happening. At times she seemed ok with his advances but after the second time of watching her push his face and hands away and try to turn back to watch the show I asked the security guard to go check on them. He couldn't see what I was pointing to and it was still happening.”
Brendan tried to get security to help the woman, but they couldn’t see the incident the band member was referring to, so he took matters into his own hands.
“I left the stage and walked straight for them, my mind an emotional blur. Security followed me. The man seemed dumbfounded when I showed up,” Brendan went on to explain on his Twitter page. “As if nothing was wrong. I don't know what happened after. I went back to stage to finish the show. Security took it from there.”
Once Brendan approached the man who was bothering the woman, security took over, and Brendan didn’t see the man or woman again.
“I didn’t see them again after that. Maybe they were removed or just moved. Maybe they were in a relationship.” he said. “Maybe they weren't. Regardless what I saw from stage was disturbing to me and completely removed me from the mindset I need to be on stage.”
Despite not knowing anything about the man and woman and their relationship, Brendan admitted that the incident concerned him, and that maybe he reacted the way he did because he has a daughter.
“It wasn't cute. It was alarming. I'm almost forty and flirting doesn't look like that. Maybe It's that I have a daughter or that I'm older.”
Brendan also admits that he wasn’t particularly happy with how he handled the situation, and that he was “filled with rage”. He apologized to his band for not communicating what he was doing. However, he still feels uncomfortable about what the man was doing.
“I really don't know but it made me furious to watch a girl forcibly remove someone's hands from her body multiple times.” he said.
He also apologized to his fans for “a bit of unusual show”.
While it can be confusing and frustrating to know how to react in a situation such as this one, it is clear that Brendan is someone who cares about women and the way they are treated.
It’s tough to say whether or not his course of action was the best one, but many of his fans (especially female ones) commented that they were appreciative of what he had done.
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