Jared Gomes of Hed PE Jumps Off Stage and Punches Heckler at the Gathering of the Juggalos

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Gomes, on the far right, in this Hed PE publicity photo.
While the Gathering of the Juggalos is generally known as a peaceful event filled with unity and togetherness, there are still occasional scuffles. One such incident took the form of a melee early Thursday morning when Hed PE rapper/singer Jared Gomes launched himself into the crowd to confront a rambunctious heckler.

According to an eyewitness account, the Southern California nu-metal act's 3:30 a.m. set on the Carousel stage was detoured after a member of the crowd kept yelling at the band to play songs by the Clue -- Gomes' highly memorable new-wave band from the '80s. As you can observe in the video below, the Clue's style is fairly distant from the jump-up-and-down rap/rock hybrid approach his current band is better known for, performing with acts such as Korn and System of a Down.

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"I don't know exactly what [the heckler] was saying, but all of a sudden [Gomes] just stops and goes, 'Fuck you faggot; that was the '80s. I'm done with that. What the fuck ever; that's how we did shit back in the day. That ain't me anymore. Fuck you, faggot! Fuck this," recalls show attendee Robert Burke. At that point, Gomes reportedly jumped off of the stage and began punching the offending juggalo. Moments later, the singer appeared back onstage, boastfully claiming to only have been punched once during the scrap before resuming the band's set.

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However, the assaulted audience member was only emboldened by the incident to take his harassment to the next level, making his way through the crowd brandishing a large cardboard sign that again insisted the band "PLAY THE CLUE." Gomes again responded angrily, ordering the sign to be destroyed by two compliant audience members.

"Two guys walk up and just break the sign, right then and there," Burke explains. "That was it. After that, someone came up with a six-foot bong and gave [Gomes] a big-ass bong rip, right onstage."

"He was still a little pissed off, but then he pulled out a joint and started playing Bob Marley's 'No Woman, No Cry,'" Burke continued.

When asked what he thought of the band's set, Burke smiled.

"Aw, it was badass."

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privatesnowballtfc
privatesnowballtfc

If you can't handle the fact that someone doesn't like your shit and will criticize you, you shouldn't be in any entertainment industry ever. As a matter of fact, you should probably just kill yourself, because not everyone in life will like you and you are not entitled to respect. Butt-hurt is not an excuse for assault.

Solstice
Solstice

Sad that he felt the need to start calling the dude a "faggot", heckler or not. I will not be buying anything else of hed pe's and have half a mind to throw out the CDs I do own. Resorting to bigotry to "defend" yourself is never acceptable in my eyes but it most certainly is NOT acceptable at a fucking Gathering. Way to make the gay Juggalo population feel welcome & accepted hed pe. Go fuck yourself. DOWN FOR LIFE. whoop whoop.

lizzybear17
lizzybear17

HAHAHAHA THAT WAS MY FRIEND AND IT WAS AWESOME!!!!!! play the clue

mickdobbles
mickdobbles

FUCK   This is the first gathering I've missed in 7 years


dam probation!!!



Whoop Whoop!!!

Jason Steinkamp
Jason Steinkamp

I think you may be confusing Hed PE with the religious based band P.O.D.

groovyrooby
groovyrooby

i saw hed PE once at The Side Door. 97 maybe? they opened for Sevendust (who were amazing back then). i was kind of pleased at his hard-hat-crowned-with-an-action-figure-getup, but then this big old baby stomped off the stage in a hissy fit because he didn't feel the sound guy was doing him justice. waaaah. really they just sucked. 

Josh Dollens
Josh Dollens

Lol my friend Meghan Bernardon literally just told me about this a couple hours ago

Bob Dre
Bob Dre

I used to go to there shows way back, I really dug some of the earlier music. I remember one show he talked more than they played. I didn't go to a show to get lectured about how some dude thinks I should think.

Dawn Patterson-Means
Dawn Patterson-Means

Seen this band once and it was enough...just wanted them to stfu so the next band could play. Lol

Aaron McCoy
Aaron McCoy

23% of all RFT articles contain the word "Juggalo"

Kelly Hawkins
Kelly Hawkins

I always thought they were but just searched online and even though they were talking about how great God is they don't seem particularly Christian.

Neil Aimaro
Neil Aimaro

Why do concerts always have such shit security? It's either the security is harassing and beating up on concert goers or they are not their when needed. It should be a standard that whenever a person on stage points out trouble in the crowd security gets on it. The very idea that the entertainers on stage act as bouncers or enforcers is stupid. People pay to see you entertain, not get into a fight with the audience. Venues should be prepared for this kind of thing.

Brian Boyd
Brian Boyd

You'd be violent too once you realized your band sunk so far as to open for ICP. That's lower than doing the state fair tour.

Bob Dre
Bob Dre

He should of played some Clue, this article made me smile. Thanks RFT

Bob Dre
Bob Dre

Pretty sure Hed Pe is pretty opposite of Christian music, maybe you are thinking of another act.

Kelly Hawkins
Kelly Hawkins

What is a Christian band doing at the Gathering of the Juggalos? Well...my son says that ICP has Christian beliefs so I dunno. I'd still be scared to go.

Michael Crane
Michael Crane

Never knew he was in The Clue... lol. Learn something new everyday.

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