Eagles Of Death Metal fan has ear bitten off

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An Eagles Of Death Metal fan had his ear bitten off at the band’s show at Toronto’s Opera House at the weekend.

Canadian author and radio broadcaster Alan Cross was given the information about the incident between two unnamed men, which was later confirmed by the venue’s general manager.

A member of the crowd told Cross: “Some guys just got into a fight in front of us and the one guy bit off the other guy’s ear. I am not joking – it was the most fucked up thing I have ever seen.”

Aux.TV later confirmed the story after speaking with Opera House general manager Athena Ellinas-Towers.

She said: “I didn’t witness anything, but there was a confrontation between two individuals. It was brought to my attention by the medical team.

“The one gentleman that instigated the whole thing was arrested and charged. I’m not sure of the charges – I just saw him being arrested. The police haven’t followed up with me yet. We called them because this is a serious offence.”

When asked about what happened to the ear, Ellinas-Towers adds: “A customer picked it up. She put it on ice and we gave it to the ambulance when they arrived. This is a first. I didn’t actually believe it when someone came up to me and told me what happened. It’s just bizarre.”

The Eagles Of Death Metal current run of shows continue tonight (May 10) at the Burlington Higher Ground Ballroom, Vermont.

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Eagles Of Death Metal 2016 tour dates

May 10: Burlington Higher Ground Ballroom, VT
May 11: Providence Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel, RI
May 13: Lancaster Chameleon Club, PA
May 14: Columbia Sweetlife Festival, MD
May 15: Atlanta Shaky Knees Music Festival, GA
May 17: New Orleans One Eyed Jacks, LA
May 18: Houston House Of Blues, TX
May 20: San Antonio The Aztec Theatre, TX
May 21: Austin Stubb’s Waller Creek Outdoor Amphitheater, TX
May 22: Dallas House Of Blues, TX
May 24: Saint Louis The Pageant, MO
May 25: Chicago Metro, IL
May 27: Indianapolis The Vogue Theatre, IN
May 28: Colombus Newport Music Hall, OH
May 30: Pittsburgh Mr Smalls Theatre, PA
Jun 01: Boston House Of Blues, MA
Jun 03: Philadelphia Trocadero Theatre, PA
Jun 05: New York Governors Ball Music Festival, NY
Jul 17: Kansas City Sporting Park Stadium, KS
Jul 19: Denver Ogden Theatre, CO
Jul 20: Salt Lake City In The Venue, UT
Jul 22: Las Vegas Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, NV
Jul 23: San Bernadino Lost Highway Festival, CA
Aug 09: Katowice Mega Club, Poland
Aug 11: Copenhagan Amager Bio, Denmark
Aug 15: Bremen Aladin, Germany
Aug 16: Cologne Live Music Hall, Germany
Aug 27: Reading festivals, UK
Aug 28: Leeds festival, UK
Aug 30: Frankfurt Batchkapp, Germany
Sep 01: Sestri Levante Mojotic Festival, Italy
Sep 02: Cesena Rocca Malatestiana, Italy
Sep 05: Tel Aviv Hanger 11, Israel
Sep 07: Athens Piraeus Academy 117, Greece
Sep 09: Barcelona Sala Apolo, Spain
Sep 10: Madrid Dcode, Spain
Sep 11: Lisbon Coliseu Dos Recreios, Portugal

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