Travis Scott and Wiz Khalifa are involved in an incredible legal battle with one fan who’s worried he won’t see this year’s biggest rapper-led concert.
A New Yorker who claims to have attended both the Astroworld tour and shows after that says he lost his livelihood as a result of faulty sound equipment, which he says made it impossible for him to listen to the show. They say it also made it impossible for him to hear 50 Cent’s entrance as he came in through an onstage smoke screen at a Sept. 12 show in Atlanta. The lawsuit names several companies, including Live Nation and concert promoter GRP Entertainment.
The lawsuit doesn’t specify how much the fan is seeking, saying only that he’s seeking “possible monetary damages that may be identified as representing lost future earnings and as compensating plaintiff for actual and consequential loss as a result of defects in and violations of common law and of the federal Consumer Protection Act.” A judge must decide if the man can seek damages.
It may sound like a rock star’s work, but the lawsuit stems from a New Yorker named Joe Winter. His lawyer, Chris Lord, said that his client couldn’t even be sure he survived the show — Winter still bears a small scratch on his foot from falling on it during the performance.
Winter, who has since moved away from the country where the concert took place, is seeking “all statutory, statutory-plus, statutory-plus and compensatory damages that may be identified as representing lost future earnings and as compensating plaintiff for actual and consequential loss as a result of defects in and violations of common law and of the federal Consumer Protection Act.” He is also asking the court to hold the companies liable for contributory negligence.
As E! News points out, this isn’t the first lawsuit to try to pin blame on so-called “tech issues” for a failing concert experience. This summer, concertgoers tried to sue Pearl Jam for “technical malfunctions” that allegedly led to “total chaos” and resulted in severe injuries. But a judge threw out the suit in July.