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The Ataris

Singer ATTACKS Drummer

... On Stage!

10/9/2012 11:52 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Crazy moment at The Ataris concert in Jersey this weekend ... when the lead singer FLIPPED OUT and attacked his drummer ... firing his guitar at the guy and then throwing the drum kit off the stage.

It was a pretty glorious meltdown ... the band -- famous for their 2003 hit "Boys of Summer" -- was in the middle of a song when singer Kris Roe decided he HATED the way the drummer was playing.

Roe finally reaches his breaking point ... unstrapping his guitar and launching it at the drummer.

When the drummer continued to play, Roe grabbed pieces of the drum set ... lifted them over his head ... and threw them off the stage, until the drummer got the message.

Roe then went to the mic and tried to explain himself -- "Our drummer is f**king failing it tonight ... I don't know what his f**king problem is ... but I'm gonna finish the set by myself."

He added, "It's f**king embarrassing ... I can't handle it."

"I apologize ... but there's a certain amount of f**king sh*t I can take ... hopefully you guys understand ... sh*t happens."

2:04 PM PT -- Kris -- along with the rest of the band (sans drummer) -- has issued a video statement explaining why he flipped out on stage.

Kris says the drummer had been drinking heavily before the show ... "for like 6 hours probably" ... and was a mess on stage, missing beats and playing like crap.

Kris says he would have liked to have handled the situation differently ... "but c'mon ... it's rock 'n roll."



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TMZ RuLeS    

That was completely uncalled for, embarracement? nay, Kris embarraced himself, his band and the Drummer with his outburst. Furthermore, i notice how the two guys look very uncomfortable through the video, they don't feel the same way as him obviously worried he will do the same with their stuff on stage, The way they look at each other every now and then. Kris stood alone in that rebuttal video. Embarrassing

742 days ago


What a head case.

742 days ago


I can't blame the guy on how he feels about his drummer. I totally admire him for stepping up and confronting this issue. Rock on guys!!

742 days ago

Adam J Bilecki    

Right on, no need to apologize for that ****.

739 days ago
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