This past weekend at the Bloodstock Open Air in England, Cradle Of Filth's headlining slot on the second day was cut short after a giant gobstopper hit, and hospitalised guitarist Paul before the encore.

Cradle Of Filth have issued this statement:

"Cradle Of Filth would just like to apologise to all Cradle Of Filth fans at Bloodstock for not being able to perform the full length of set on Saturday. This was due to a selfish and stupid person in the crowd throwing dangerous objects at the band and injuring Paul, who then had to be hospitalised.

This person threw what were being sold at the site as 'gobstoppers', but which were actually heavy, solid, pieces of candy, approximately the size of a cricket ball and weighing close to a pound, at the band. Approximately 6 of these were thrown, one narrowly missed hitting Ashley in the face and also a terminally ill young fan in a wheelchair sitting side of the stage, a couple just missed Dani and then one hit Paul in the spine, causing him to collapse. The paramedics called an ambulance and Paul was taken to hospital with suspected spinal damage; where he was subjected to numerous tests before the doctors said they didn't think Paul had sustained any lasting damage.

This act of stupidity caused the show to finish prior to the encore, caused Paul serious pain and everyone else a lot of anxiety. This person is lucky that no one was seriously injured or worse, which could easily have been the case and a serious police matter.

Why does someone buy a ticket for a festival where everyone should be enjoying the weekend and having a good time and then have to ruin it for other people? A very selfish, sad person, one can only imagine.

So again, full apologies to everyone who was at Bloodstock to have a good time and to see the band and if you think you know who the person was that spoiled everyone else's evening, please let us, the Bloodstock staff or the Police know as soon as possible, because next time someone may not be so lucky."

Dani Filth also had this to say:

"No-one could be more disappointed than I about the ridiculous and callous incident that happened on Saturday night. Bloodstock is an event that we have long endorsed and looked forward to headlining due to it's united European metal vibe, it's growing popularity and of course, it being one of the better festivals held on English soil. The crowd, as expected, were great and we were playing well with an arsenal of songs yet to deliver, when the stupidity started. I actually thought one of the balls thrown was an apple and was going to head-butt it as it flew past my head and on toward Ashley, then luckily thought twice about it. The missiles were the size of cricket balls but solid and almost a pound in weight. Enough to kill a person at that speed, according to a medic who attended Paul behind stage.

Of all the years I have spent touring the world, nothing comes even close to this for downright sheer stupidity. My ten year old daughter Luna was also standing side of stage when the missiles came and although, thank the stars, she was unhurt, the incident indelibly left her frightened and more than a little shook up. This is NOT the reason I brought her along to witness a metal festival and this is certainly NOT the image I want her to take away from Bloodstock or indeed any other metal festival for that matter. I hope the perpetrator(s) are really proud of themselves (sic).

So again, I apologise to all our fans who were awaiting our encore and can only hope that this selfish bastard who TRIED to ruin the night for everyone is caught and sorted out. Hail Cradle! Hail Bloodstock! Hail metal unity!"

The Bloodstock setlist was as follows:

Shat Out Of Hell
Gilded Cunt
Dusk And Her Embrace
The 13th Caesar
Nymphetamine
The Principle Of Evil Made Flesh
Honey And Sulphur
Under Huntress Moon
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Cthulhu Dawn
Cruelty Brought Thee Orchids
Her Ghost In The Fog
From The Cradle To Enslave


A full review of Bloodstock Open Air 2009 can be found here:
Day 1 - Day 2 - Day 3


Source: cradleoffilth.com
Band profile: Cradle Of Filth
Event: Bloodstock Open Air 2009
 
Posted: 19.08.2009 by Baz Anderson



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Super_Greg - 22.08.2009 at 04:13  
Wow that really sucks

I'm not a big BM or COF fan, but I would feel like shit if I was pumped to see a band at a festival, and some asshole ruined it.

Metalheads need to stick together!
Theraphosia - 22.08.2009 at 11:57  
There will always be morons just cos you listen to metal doesnt mean you cant be an asshole. the worst bit is that the cof setlist actually looked pretty good (no songs from thornography) so if the person who through those things had some sort of agression he could have easily taken it with him to the mosh pit. what a twat.:gunner:
Smurfophagist - 22.08.2009 at 15:54  
Written by MétalNoir on 21.08.2009 at 18:00

No matter the band, the genre, the reputation, etc, there's no justification to that kind of stupidity. Even Britney Spears doesn't deserve to be killed by whatever would be thrown at her... If Dani or Luna or any other person would have been seriously injured or would have died from this, the bastard who did it would have been imprisoned, but since he wasn't a good thrower enough, there's no consequence??? Fuck the Police, fuck the governments, fuck the Law, this is a ridiculos masquerade. Hail Filth!


for god's sake, a man threw a goddamn candy, not a hand grenade.
Dangerboner - 22.08.2009 at 22:35  
Lol this reminds me of my friend who has to go to anger management now because he threw a full pop can at his gf's head. hahaha she handled that better than a fucking gobstopper
MétalNoir - 29.08.2009 at 18:51  
Written by Smurfophagist on 22.08.2009 at 15:54

Written by MétalNoir on 21.08.2009 at 18:00

No matter the band, the genre, the reputation, etc, there's no justification to that kind of stupidity. Even Britney Spears doesn't deserve to be killed by whatever would be thrown at her... If Dani or Luna or any other person would have been seriously injured or would have died from this, the bastard who did it would have been imprisoned, but since he wasn't a good thrower enough, there's no consequence??? Fuck the Police, fuck the governments, fuck the Law, this is a ridiculos masquerade. Hail Filth!


for god's sake, a man threw a goddamn candy, not a hand grenade.


Look, it's not about the nature of the projectile, it's about the intention of hurting someone with a one-pound missile. Would this have been more stupid or bad-intentioned if the projectile had been a stone?
Smurfophagist - 30.08.2009 at 13:30  
Written by MétalNoir on 29.08.2009 at 18:51

Written by Smurfophagist on 22.08.2009 at 15:54

Written by MétalNoir on 21.08.2009 at 18:00

No matter the band, the genre, the reputation, etc, there's no justification to that kind of stupidity. Even Britney Spears doesn't deserve to be killed by whatever would be thrown at her... If Dani or Luna or any other person would have been seriously injured or would have died from this, the bastard who did it would have been imprisoned, but since he wasn't a good thrower enough, there's no consequence??? Fuck the Police, fuck the governments, fuck the Law, this is a ridiculos masquerade. Hail Filth!


for god's sake, a man threw a goddamn candy, not a hand grenade.


Look, it's not about the nature of the projectile, it's about the intention of hurting someone with a one-pound missile. Would this have been more stupid or bad-intentioned if the projectile had been a stone?


yes. yes it would.
MétalNoir - 02.09.2009 at 15:29  
Written by Smurfophagist on 30.08.2009 at 13:30

Written by MétalNoir on 29.08.2009 at 18:51

Written by Smurfophagist on 22.08.2009 at 15:54

Written by MétalNoir on 21.08.2009 at 18:00

No matter the band, the genre, the reputation, etc, there's no justification to that kind of stupidity. Even Britney Spears doesn't deserve to be killed by whatever would be thrown at her... If Dani or Luna or any other person would have been seriously injured or would have died from this, the bastard who did it would have been imprisoned, but since he wasn't a good thrower enough, there's no consequence??? Fuck the Police, fuck the governments, fuck the Law, this is a ridiculos masquerade. Hail Filth!


for god's sake, a man threw a goddamn candy, not a hand grenade.


Look, it's not about the nature of the projectile, it's about the intention of hurting someone with a one-pound missile. Would this have been more stupid or bad-intentioned if the projectile had been a stone?


yes. yes it would.


Well, that's your opinion, but I'm not sure any judge in this world would agree with you... except if the judge is a bribed jerk.
Slayer666 - 25.09.2009 at 17:51  
Written by MétalNoir on 02.09.2009 at 15:29

Written by Smurfophagist on 30.08.2009 at 13:30

Written by MétalNoir on 29.08.2009 at 18:51

Written by Smurfophagist on 22.08.2009 at 15:54

Written by MétalNoir on 21.08.2009 at 18:00

No matter the band, the genre, the reputation, etc, there's no justification to that kind of stupidity. Even Britney Spears doesn't deserve to be killed by whatever would be thrown at her... If Dani or Luna or any other person would have been seriously injured or would have died from this, the bastard who did it would have been imprisoned, but since he wasn't a good thrower enough, there's no consequence??? Fuck the Police, fuck the governments, fuck the Law, this is a ridiculos masquerade. Hail Filth!


for god's sake, a man threw a goddamn candy, not a hand grenade.


Look, it's not about the nature of the projectile, it's about the intention of hurting someone with a one-pound missile. Would this have been more stupid or bad-intentioned if the projectile had been a stone?


yes. yes it would.


Well, that's your opinion, but I'm not sure any judge in this world would agree with you... except if the judge is a bribed jerk.

Personally, I'd have that dick licker strung up (the thrower), but I'm not sure if a missile that weights a pound (around half a kilogram, as far as I know) thrown by a drunken lout could be lethal or that dangerous.... OK, Paul was hit in the spine though, that's bad...
SatyriconChick - 07.11.2009 at 19:26  
I can't stand idiots who ruin things for everyone else. Thank goodness Paul is okay!
Spirit Molecule - 05.08.2011 at 12:33  
Paul looks bloody old anyway, he probably has a weak spine. Its good he got a check up, now he can play onstage with no worries

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