Last night at The Pageant in St. Louis, MO attendees gathered for "The Blood Tour" with AFI, Circa Survive and Citizen. During Circa Survive's set, fans were left a little puzzled when guitarist Brendan Ekstrom stopped playing mid set and walked off the stage for a few minutes. But it wasn't just fans left confused, the guitarist's fellow band mates were a bit puzzled as well. He eventually returned within a few minutes and the rest of the show went on as scheduled with no explanation as to what happened.
Today Ekstorm took to his Twitter account and explained through fifteen tweets, due to character limitation, his reason behind the sudden stage flee. Here is what he had to say:
"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. 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 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 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. I didn't see them again after that. Maybe they were removed or just moved. Maybe they were in a relationship. 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. 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."
"Maybe it's that I watched this video not long before we played and I couldn't shake it (video in tweet). I Really don't know but it made me furious to watch a girl forcibly remove someone's hands from her body multiple times. I still don't feel great about how I handled this situation. I borderline blacked out in some weird rage mode. it makes me nervous to think about how I would handle situations like this in the future especially if it was with someone I knew or cared about especially if it is my daughter. I don't really know what to say about it all. I'm sorry to my band for not communicating the situation better and leaving them standing on stage confused. And I'm sorry to fans who were equally confused and saw a bit of an unusual show."
Lately more and more bands have been becoming advocates for fans to ensure their safety at shows. Security can only do so much and see so much and same goes for the band on stage, so if you are in attendance at any concert/show and see these actions, please step forward and report it. We want to say Thank You to Brendan for being that woman's voice.