A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. Join the Nation’s Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Better security, mindful artists prevent concert mayhem Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY 10:12 a.m. EDT September 20, 2013 Beyonce is the latest victim of fans overstepping their boundaries at her concerts. Beyonce performs on stage during “The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour” at the Barclays Center on August 3 in New York. She is currently in the midst of the tour’s Latin American leg. (Photo: Kevin Mazur) Beyonce was dragged off stage by a fan at a concert in Brazil last weekend Other pop stars such as Justin Bieber and One Direction have suffered concert attacks It’s key to “let audiences know what their limitations are,” one expert says SHARE 4 CONNECT 8 TWEET COMMENTEMAILMORE She may be Queen Bey to many, but that doesn’t mean Beyonce is always treated like royalty during her shows. Especially when her throngs of adoring fans are crazy in love. Not only did the pop star’s luscious locks get caught in an electric fan during a July performance, the reigning diva has also been spanked by a Copenhagen concertgoer in May and pulled off stage by another at a Brazil show last weekend (resulting in this hilarious, albeit terrifying, image ). Mrs. Carter’s bad-luck streak may seem like an anomaly (her Latin American tour has continued without incident and stops in Venezuela tonight and Colombia on Sunday), but in fact, these crazed fan incidents happen to nearly every pop star. Concertgoers have rushed the stage at Miley Cyrus , Demi Lovato and Taylor Swift shows. Justin Bieber was attacked by a fan during a Dubai performance, resulting in an upturned piano.
CDT, September 20, 2013 Walt Disney Concert Hall quite possibly Los Angeles’ most photographed building didn’t come with a complete list of care instructions prior to opening. Architect Frank Gehry, the mind behind the $284-million structure, didn’t know how the building’s swooping stainless-steel arches would stay spotless. “Not only Frank Gehry but the window-cleaning consultant were unsure how to clean certain areas,” said Zane Britt, president of the Burbank-based Sunrise Window Cleaners. “I was out here at 3, 4 o’clock in the morning trying to figure out how to clean” some of the building’s complex curves. FULL COVERAGE: Walt Disney Concert Hall at 10 Britt and his crew, who also wash the Music Center’s windows and hang the Ahmanson Theatre’s holiday lights, have worked to make the 179,150-square-foot Disney Hall shine for a decade. “There’s not one single piece of equipment that will clean this entire building so you have to be creative,” Britt said. Reaching the high points, which top out at more than 140 feet, involves a lot of lifting and lowering of workers on a 16-foot, two-person swing-stage and one-person basket. From the ground, the panels on the lower two stories are scrubbed with a pole that extends 48 feet and pushes deionized water through a nylon brush. “We learned the hard way to start at the higher angles or all the dirt would roll back down to the bottom,” Britt said. The crews also use a harness strapped to a board that lowers a worker, as a rock climber might billet down a mountain, to move along the curves of the wave-like Founders Room and the oval-shaped area with the Walt Disney Concert Hall signage. TIMELINE: Walt Disney Hall through the years “It’s the most fascinating part of cleaning this building,” Britt said. “People will stand out there and take pictures.” On an average week, a team of two people scrubs the building every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Once a year around August the building undergoes a six-week deep cleaning to remove any stains. And then there are the handprints. People, especially kids, “have a fascination about touching the panels and the oil in their hands will not come off with a routine cleaning,” Britt said.
Cleaners make Walt Disney Concert Hall’s curves sparkle
The final event is Saturday night. The 22-year-old admitted she was fighting a cold and could barely speak Friday morning. While you could hear a touch of roughness in her voice, she still shined like the star she is. Swift performed her “Red” hits, including the title track, plus “22,” “I Knew You were Trouble,” “Never,” and “Everything has Changed,” her duet with Ed Sheeran , the night’s second opening act. James Casey was the first. Our seats were horrible. At nearly $100 apiece, they were the best available when I purchased them. They were also the highest and furthest from the stage, with a large net blocking our view of the monitors. Swift, who had just learned she was nominated for six 2013 CMA awards , was like a speck in the spotlight. Fortunately, she spent about 20 minutes on a smaller stage in the back of the venue, giving us a better look. The highlight for many fans was the surprise guest appearance by Rascall Flatts. The band performed their hit, “Hurts the Most” with Swift . Swift delivered two hours of solid performances, including a therapy session that reminded all of us to be true to ourselves, that we can’t “make” people like us and that some people will always be mean. Yep, that was the intro to her song, “Mean.” It was a late night in Music City for those of us with 9 p.m.