Retired engineer, 67, brought The Killers’ gig grinding to a halt by CROWD-SURFING after fall
‘There is no age limit for rock ‘n roll!’ Retired engineer, 67, who brought The Killers’ performance to a halt by CROWD-SURFING before falling to the floor near the stage, says he’s ‘feeling good’ despite ‘a few aches’
- Doug James, 67, was crowd surfing before falling and hitting his head with The Killers
- Rock band performed on Manchester Emirates Old Trafford cricket ground
- Frontman Brandon Flowers checked out the retired service technician and navy
A 67-year-old pensioner who hit his head after accidentally falling while crowd surfing at a The Killers rock concert has said he is “feeling good” despite “a few aches and pains”.
Doug James, from Sale, Greater Manchester, was at the Emirates Old Trafford cricket ground last Saturday night for The Killers’ performance with his son Barry.
Mr James, a retired naval and service engineer, was passed over his head by other fans before falling and hitting his head, sustaining a cut.
The Killers frontman, Brandon Flowers, immediately jumped off the stage to stop his performance and make sure the retiree wasn’t badly injured.
He said through the microphone, ‘Who dropped the man, who dropped him? Is he doing okay? let’s just take care of him, his head is bleeding a little.’
James said Flowers was “concerned about me” and “asked if I was okay,” describing the 40-year-old American musician as a “dear gentleman” for looking at him.
The band’s official Twitter account later posted a photo of James sharing a hug with the singer, writing, “There’s no age limit for rock ‘n roll!”
Doug James, a 67-year-old retiree who hit his head after accidentally falling while crowd surfing at a The Killers rock concert, has said he is “feeling good” despite “a few aches and pains”
Speaking to BBC Five Live on Monday, the 67-year-old said it was his first time crowdsurfing and that it made him feel like his “youth is coming back”, adding that it “brought him so much joy”.
“I want to do things I haven’t done yet. I was just enjoying the moment,” Mr. James said.
He also assured that he is “recovering well” from the crowdsurfing adventures, including the blow to the head: “I feel fine. I just have a few aches and pains.’
Fans watching the interaction between Mr. James’ and frontman Flowers cheered as it was filmed and shown to the crowd behind them.
They broke out when Flowers said, after explaining what Doug had done, “You know what he… [Mr James] said? He said, “I’m having a good time!”.
Retired ship and service engineer, Mr James was passed over his head by other fans before falling and hitting his head, sustaining a cut. He is in the picture with frontman Brandon Flowers who immediately came to see the retiree
Killers’ frontman Brandon Flowers immediately jumped off the stage to stop his performance and make sure the retiree wasn’t badly injured. James said Flowers was “concerned about me” and “asked if I was okay,” describing the 40-year-old American musician as a “dear gentleman” for looking at him
Before James was mentioned, crowds thought his name was Billy, including Diane Noakes, who tweeted after the show after meeting the retiree: ‘Billy stole the show from The Killers tonight. Crowdsurfing in front of the crowd. They dropped him.
†[Brandon Flowers] stopped the show to save him and some first aid. Billy is 67 years young. Living his best life.’
Another user replied to Mr. James’ son Barry, who tweeted about the incident: ‘Glad your dad is okay! What a great guy, something to aspire to.”
Many people at the concert took selfies with the 67-year-old after stealing the show due to his young nature.