Rapper-stage performer Honey Singh took to the stage in front of a crowd of over 20,000 fans in Dubai at a Holi concert last week. Apparently, a section of the fans couldn't control their excitement and jumped on to the stage to create a ruckus.
While Honey Singh dismisses the incident as a part of a day's work, an eyewitness at the concet said: "The crowd got out of hand. We don't know whether it was the festive Holi mood or just a more aggressive audience than usual. But about a 100 to 150 members of the audience just jumped on to the stage and they wouldn't leave despite our repeated requests."
It took all of Singh's persuasive powers to get the clamorous fans off the stage.
Honey brushed off the incident saying: "I have some Caucasian female fans in Dubai who come for all my concerts. They get very charged. They were there with their friends. And they got a little over-excited. It was just audience ka pyaar (audience's love).
"They were there to have fun, not to sit quietly with their arms and legs folded."
He says given his peppy numbers, his fans always end up dancing to his tunes. They don't come to his concerts to sit on sofas and chairs.
"When I go to smaller towns to perform, and I see the elaborate sofas and chairs for the audience, I've to patiently explain to them that my fans can't sit still and watch me perform. My concerts are very participative.
"Audiences at Indian concerts are not used to participating in stage performances. They are tutored to stay in their seats. In my concerts, everyone is on their feet, singing and dancing, being part of my performance," he said.
However, one hears that post the incident in Dubai, his security has been beefed up.
At least six extra bouncers have been hired to prevent over-zealous audiences from getting too close to the rapper.