One month ago, EDM star Avicii played a show at Boston’s TD Garden arena, and upwards of 80 people at the show needed medical attention for intoxication-related issues. When that story broke, it was easy to pin the blame on big-time festival rave music and the culture surrounding it. But then, getting fucked up at shows isn’t something specific to any genre. And in retrospect, maybe the problem was Boston? On Saturday night, the Australian country star Keith Urban, never known for having the world’s rowdiest fans, played the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, Massachusetts, 40 minutes outside of Boston. At this show, the Boston Herald reports that 22 people were sent to the hospital for “alcohol-related issues,” and upwards of 50 more were put into protective custody. There was also an unspecified number of alcohol-related arrests. On Twitter, Urban posted a video of himself talking about how great the show was, and here it is:
“Gosh, up on the lawn tonight, that was nutso.” I don’t know why, but this is sort of an adorable thing to say about a dangerously, rabidly drunk crowd.
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