Dixie Chicks in London
Popular country music is famous for its red state fan base, so it’s no surprise that the Dixie Chicks saw a huge backlash after a public declaration against George Bush during a London performance. After Natalie Maines told their audience the group was ashamed to share a home state with the then-president, conservative Americans organized a boycott, complete with the requisite bonfires. Unlike O’Connor, the Dixie Chicks rode the controversy to huge hits, Grammys, and yet another politically charged music documentary, Shut Up and Sing.
The Who in Cincinnati
Almost exactly ten years after Altamont, a case of fandom gone wrong resulted in tragedy when 11 Who fans died trying to get seats at a show in Cincinnati. This was the result of an unfortunate decision to offer 3,578 seats on a first-come, first-serve basis to 14,770 fans, and an additional 23 fans were injured in the rush. The sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati aired a somber episode about the event shortly afterward.