Fan dies after stage diving at New York City area metal concert
Billboard –An audience member has reportedly died after stage-diving at metalcore band Miss May I’s show in the Studio at New York City’s Webster Hall on Saturday, May 3, the same night Against Me! played a sold-out show in the venue’s main concert space, the Grand Ballroom.
According to BrooklynVegan, the band posted a holdover statement to their Facebook page the following day until an official one was ready to be released. “Hey everyone,” they wrote, “we are aware of the incident that occurred at Webster Hall last night and will be posting a statement shortly. However, we are awaiting further information regarding the situation before we are able to make a full statement.”
Music journalism and freelance designing website Sinestra Studios has been collecting testimonials about the victim, who has been identified as 21-year-old Alberto Scott. Jenise Ramos Sarraga, who allegedly knew Scott through her daughter, has created a site to raise funds for the young man’s funeral expenses.
Miss May I’s 2006 debut, “Apologies Are for the Weak,” reached No. 76 on the Billboard 200, No. 29 on Top Heatseekers, and No. 66 on Top Independent Albums.
The following was found at BrooklynVegan.com
A fan reportedly died stage diving at Rise Records-signed metalcore band Miss May I‘s show at the Studio at Webster Hall in NYC Saturday night (the same night Against Me! was playing the save venue in the Grand Ballroom). Limited details have been released but the band posted the following message:
Hey everyone, we are aware of the incident that occurred at Webster Hall last night and will be posting a statement shortly. However, we are awaiting further information regarding the situation before we are able to make a full statement
In the comments of that post, one fellow fan wrote:
A kid stage dove and nobody caught him. He suffered a serious blow to the head and paramedics & doctors weren’t able to save him. Club and show venues need to really enforce the “No stage Diving” rule so stuff like this won’t happen. The stage is meant for the band to be on and the band only. R.I.P Alberto.
Sinestra Studios reports that he was 21 year old Alberto Scott and they’ve collected testimonials from those from the scene who knew him:
“The first time I met Alberto was around Veil of Maya in 2013. He was doing his thing and my first impression was “man, I do not want to get in there with that guy. He’s like the terminator Kevin Hart.” Then I gave him a pat while I went and did my thing. We talked for a bit and after that, I knew He was one great mosher and a very cool f**king guy from start to finish and I’m gonna miss those kicks he does when he throw down. The scar on my lip from his kick during The Word Alive’s set at Memphis May Fire was an honor. R.I.P Alberto, You were a good friend. Stay moshing in heaven man.”–Bryan Nieves–
The picture above was posted by a Jenise Ramos Sarraga who also wrote:
This is the young man that died last night. No one blames the venue or the band, he lived and breathed Miss May I and truth is he hadnt been feeling well before the show. He was my daughters best friend and came home after this picture crazy excited. He even hung a dollar bill signed by [Miss May I vocalist] Levi. Until autopsy results come in no one will know what happened. All I ask is for prayers for his friends and family and that God provide a way to be able for them to be able to cover funeral expenses. No one thinks that they will have to bury a 21yr old. Miss May I made him happy. Thanks.
Jenise has also started collecting money where she writes:
On 5/3/14 this vibrant 21 year old young man with a passion for Screamo music and big dreams went to his favorite band’s concert and collapsed and died after dancing. His only family is his sister and her family who all live in Florida and are already struggling financially. Please consider donating to help this family say goodbye to a life gone way too soon. Any amount would help to ease this family’s burden at this painful time. Thank you in advance.
Rest in peace Alberto, and people be careful out there.