Every concert is better with an enthusiastic crowd -- unless, of course, fans go overboard. It happened to Britney Spears Wednesday night when an audience member jumped onstage during one of her Piece of Me residency shows in Las Vegas, and stars from Travis Scott to Taylor Swift have been rattled by fans rushing the stage too.
No matter how tight the security, there's a long history of crazed concert-goers taking fandom one step too far -- literally. Below, check out 11 crazy cases that show what goes down when fans storm the stage, from a One Direction concert that left close to 50 fans with asphyxia to the time Chance The Rapper took down a stage-crasher himself.
San Diego, 2015
One over-eager Taylor Swift fan brewed up some "Bad Blood" with the singer when he rushed onstage and brawled with four security guards at a 2015 concert in San Diego. Not only did the man identified as 26-year-old Christian Ewing sneak onstage, but he managed to get into the sold-out show without a ticket. Though Swift was able to -- ahem -- shake it off enough to continue her performance of "Style," the incident left one guard with a broken rib, according to the San Diego Tribune. Ewing was placed on probation and screened by the San Diego Probation Department's mentally ill offender unit, where it determined he was not mentally competent to stand trial.
Don't mess with Nicki Minaj when she's spitting beats. The "Swalla" rapper's security guards made that clear during the Miami stop of her Pink Print tour in 2012, when one crazed fan jumped onstage and refused to let go of Nicki's waist. But security's takedown of the unruly crowd member was the scariest part -- video footage of the incident shows the stage-rusher getting punched and stomped on before being dragged offstage in a choke-hold.
Maroon 5's Adam Levine had quite the scare while onstage in Edmonton in 2015 when a starstruck female fan ran onstage -- to give him a kiss. After planting one on Levine during his rendition of "She Will Be Loved" (around the 3:10 mark in the video below), the fan sprinted back to her seat, no security necessary. "You scared the sh-- out of me, man," Levine shared between verses.
Demi Lovato got a bit more than she bargained for after inviting fans to the empty pit in front of the stage for a better view during a 2012 performance in Paraguay. Demi probably didn't expect a horde of hysterical concert-goers to leap over the security barrier, mobbing the "Sorry Not Sorry" singer before she was whisked offstage by security guards. "You gotta chill out," Lovato told the crowd after emerging back onstage.
It took just five minutes for a horde of stage-storming fans to shut down Travis Scott's performance at Lollapalooza in 2015 -- but this time, it was Scott himself who faced charges for the damage. In videos of Scott's brief show, the rapper is seen encouraging the crowd to jump over the barricades, starting a chant of "we want rage." Scott was arrested that same day in connection with the riot that ensued and charged with disorderly conduct, Chicago's ABC 7 reported.
During a Philadelphia stop on Ariana Grande's Dangerous Woman tour in March, one young male fan appeared to creep behind the singer for a good 20 seconds as she knelt to perform "Moonlight." Grande appeared unfazed by the whole thing, urging security guards to "be gentle with" the trespasser once they finally got a hold of him.
Video of Ariana Grande performing on stage while a fans sneak behind her & security took him off the stage
" Ari says please be gentle " pic.twitter.com/nzhBtzUtUe
Action Bronson doesn't need security to keep disruptive fans in line -- he can defend the stage by himself. The "Actin Crazy" rapper is known for body-slamming stage-crashers who dare to encroach on his space, like in this video from a London show in 2015. Around the 0:35 mark, Bronson throws punches at a fan who sneaks on from backstage before tossing him by the collar back into the crowd.
Chance The Rapper
Chance seemed to take a cue from his "Baby Blue" collaborator Bronson during a concert in Miami last year, when he tackled a fan who interrupted his performance of the Coloring Book hit "Blessings (Reprise)." The fan seemed to walk away unscathed -- and slightly stunned -- while Chance lost his hat in the scuffle.
One Direction mania turned dangerous during the band's Where We Are tour stop in Peru in 2014, where 47 concert-goers were treated with symptoms of asphyxia. It turns out even the 40,000-capacity Estadio Nacional stadium in Lima wasn't enough room to hold the excitement of attendees, who were seen rushing toward the stage and coming close to trampling other fans. "If you don't want anyone to take us off the stage, make sure you stay back," Niall Horan can be heard telling the crowd in video posted by the U.K.'s Daily Mirror.
Faith Hill & Tim McGraw
Tim McGraw may be a charmer, but hit on the country star -- or worse, attempt grope him -- and his wife Faith Hill might take you down. That's what happened when a female fan grabbed McGraw in the crotch area during a concert in Louisiana in 2007, as he walked between the stage and barricades to greet fans. As several news outlets including People reported at the time, Hill responded by chastising the fan, yelling, "somebody needs to teach you some class, my friend" and "you don't go grabbin' somebody else's, somebody's husband's [private parts], you understand me?" All video evidence of the incident has since been deleted -- likely at Hill and McGraw's request.
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill
Faith Hill & Tim McGraw during Andre Agassi Grand Slam For Children 1996 in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 27: Singer Faith Hill and singer Tim McGraw attend the 24th Annual American Music Awards on January 27, 1997 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
321067 04: Faith Hill and Tim McGraw at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles, CA, January 26, 1998. (Photo by Russell Einhorn / Liaison Agency)
Tim McGraw And Faith Hill during 33rd Annual Country Music Awards Artists Reception at Country Star Restaurant in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Jim Smeal/WireImage)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - APRIL 22: Singer Tim McGraw and singer Faith Hill attend the 33rd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards on April 22, 1998 at Universal Amphitheatre in Universal City, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - MAY 5: Singer Tim McGraw and singer Faith Hill attends the 34th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards on May 5, 1999 at Uniersal Amphitheatre in Universal City, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
Faith Hill And Tim McGraw (Photo by Jim Smeal/WireImage)
UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 11: Tim McGraw and wife Faith Hill arrive for the premiere of the movie 'Almost Famous' at the Chelsea West theater. (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
Faith Hill and Tim McGraw backstage at the 28th Annual American Music Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles Monday, Jan. 8, 2001. Photo by Kevin Winter/ABC/Getty Images
LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 8: Singer Faith Hill and singer Tim McGraw attend the 28th Annual American Music Awards on January 8, 2001 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 7: Singer Tim McGraw and singer Faith Hill attend the 27th Annual People's Choice Awards on January 7, 2001 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 21: Singer Faith Hill and singer Tim McGraw attend the 43rd Annual Grammy Awards on February 21, 2001 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Faith Hill & Tim McGraw at the 37th Academy of Country Music Awards Show. at the Universal Amphitheater in Universal City, California (Photo by Trench Shore/WireImage)
Tim McGraw with Faith Hill, winner of award for Favorite Female Musical Performer (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Faith Hill and Tim McGraw during 31st Annual American Music Awards - Arrivals at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
Faith Hill and Tim McGraw during 2004 Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Mortons in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 02: Singers Faith Hill and Tim McGraw perform on stage during the Andre Agassi Charitable Foundations 9th Annual 'Grand Slam for Children' concert benefit at the MGM Grand Hotel October 2, 2004 in Las Vegas, Neveda. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Getty Images)
Faith Hill and Tim McGraw during The Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation's 9th Annual 'Grand Slam for Children' Fundraiser - Press Conference at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - OCTOBER 6: Singer Faith Hill (L) and husband actor/singer Tim McGraw celebrate their 8th wedding anniversary with a cake at the after party for the premiere of Universal's 'Friday Night Lights' at the Highlands on October 6, 2004 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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Tim McGraw and Faith Hill during 40th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards - Orange Carpet at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. (Photo by Todd Williamson/FilmMagic)
Faith Hill and Tim McGraw perform 'Like We Never Loved At All' at the Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York (Photo by Rick Diamond/WireImage)
Faith Hill and Tim McGraw during Earth to America! - After Party at PURE Night Club - Arrivals at PURE Night Club - Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. (Photo by Bruce Gifford/FilmMagic)
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill during Samsung's Fifth Annual Four Seasons of Hope - Inside at Tavern on the Green in New York, New York, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage for Samsung)
New York, UNITED STATES: Tim McGraw and Faith Hill peform during the 3rd Annual 'Fashion Rocks' concert at Radio City Music Hall 07 September 2006 in New York. The star-studded fashion and music spectacular kicks off Fashion Week, and proceeds from the show will benefit the Elton John AIDS foundation. AFP PHOTO Timothy A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Faith Hill and Tim McGraw during Tim McGraw Honored With A Recording Star On The Hollywood Walk of Fame at Hollywood Blvd. in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by L. Cohen/WireImage for Chasen & Company)
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill (Photo by Chris Walter/WireImage)
SUNRISE, FL - JULY 24: Tim McGraw and Faith Hill perform live at The Bank Atlantic Center on July 24, 2007 in Sunrise FL. (Photo by Larry Marano/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - APRIL 14: Musicians Tim McGraw and Faith Hill attend the 2008 CMT Music Awards at the Curb Events Center at Belmont University on April 14, 2008 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS - APRIL 06: ***EXCLUSIVE*** Performers Tim McGraw and Faith Hill speak onstage during the 44th annual Academy Of Country Music Awards' Artist of the Decade held at the MGM Grand on April 6, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Winter/ACM2009/Getty Images for ACM)
THE 43rd ANNUAL CMA AWARDS - RED CARPET ARRIVALS - 'The 43rd Annual CMA Awards' will be broadcast live from the Sommet Center in Nashville, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 11 (8:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Donna Svennevik/ABC via Getty Images) TIM MCGRAW, FAITH HILL
Singer Faith Hill (L) and singer/actor Tim McGraw attend the 82nd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theater on March 7, 2010 in Hollywood, California.
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 22: (L-R) Musicians Tim McGraw and Faith Hill onstage at Nashville Rising, a benefit concert for flood relief at Bridgestone Arena on June 22, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Ed Rode/Nashville Rising/Getty Images for Nashville Rising)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 09: Recording artist Tim McGraw and wife recording artist Faith Hill arrive at the 45th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 9, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 07: Singers Faith Hill (L) and Tim McGraw appear at a news conference announcing their upcoming 'Soul2Soul' perfomances at The Venetian on August 7, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 08: Singer Faith Hill (R) and singer/songwriter Tim McGraw perform during the opening weekend of their limited-engagement 'Soul2Soul' show at The Venetian on December 8, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The country music couple is scheduled to perform on 10 weekends through April 2013 at Venetian Hotel and Casino Resort on December 8, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 08: Musicians Faith Hill and Tim McGraw perform onstage at MusiCares Person Of The Year Honoring Bruce Springsteen at Los Angeles Convention Center on February 8, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rick Diamond/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 07: Singers Faith Hill and Tim McGraw arrive at the 48th Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 7, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 03: Faith Hill and Tim McGraw attend CMT Artists Of The Year 2013 at Music City Center on December 3, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for CMT)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 05: Tim McGraw performs a duet with wife Faith Hill at LP Field at the 2014 CMA Festival on June 5, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon IV/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Singers Faith Hill (L) and Tim McGraw attend the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 09: Singers/musicians Faith Hill (L) and Tim McGraw attend Disney's 'Tomorrowland' - Los Angeles Premiere at AMC Downtown Disney 12 Theater on May 9, 2015 in Anaheim, California.(Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)