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Switchfoot’s Jon Foreman Removed From After-Show Appearance

August 16th, 2010

EDDIE DANIELS – A police officer shut down an impromptu concert by Switchfoot front man Jon Foreman Sunday night. According to CNN, Foreman posted on his Twitter account that the officer “forcefully” removed him from the aftershow attended by group of fans outside a Tampa amphitheatre.
The crowd showed up when Foreman tweeted to fans, asking them to meet him after the show.
Video of the incident shows Foreman playing a couple of songs on an acoustic guitar with a collection of fans around him when the officer walks up and says “It’s over. It’s over. C’mon, let’s go.”
When Foreman hesitated to leave, the officer said, “If I call somebody over here, we will be forcing you out. So what do you want to do?”
Foreman offered his hand, which the officer shook, and escorted him away.
CNN contacted Tampa police, but a spokesman said he was not aware of an incident.



Comments? Reactions?

I’ll be honest: A policeman only has to tell me once to get going and my guitar is packed and I’m on my way. As much as I hate to see a good time cut short, I’m too much of a wimp to push my luck over one more song. My fans might be disappointed, but at least I’m not in jail. :)

Eddie Daniels, Video Guy
eddie@wjtl.com




  1. August 16th, 2010 at 13:50 | #1

    Agreed. As artist’s especially Christians, lets not as mom said, “get too big for our britches”. If a cop says to leave, you leave and respect his authority. What a terrible testimony and example to the youth if we argue, resist and talk back over such a request.
    Kevin Pool
    Aftershock Artist Management

  2. kristi
    August 17th, 2010 at 11:14 | #2

    Eddie, I never knew you had a guitar! How about you bring it in and see if you can land an appearance on New Tunes At 9!

  3. August 17th, 2010 at 14:24 | #3

    I was really disappointed in how Jon reacted. The officer respected him and waited until he finished a song before asking him to leave. I think it was a VERY poor example and testimony for him to argue with the officer like that. I’m not sure if there were any US laws he was in violation of, but the Bible is very clear on respecting the authority placed over us by the government. The police officer wasn’t asking him to violate any Biblical principles, so he should have respectfully submitted, regardless of his feelings on whether he was in the right or wrong.

  4. Jessica Bankert
    August 18th, 2010 at 06:15 | #4

    I agree that Jon should have left after the police officer asked him to the first time, out of respect, not only for the police officer, but for himself. However, what doesn’t make sense to me is why he was being asked to leave in the first place. It appears that Jon and the crowd were in the grass and out of the way of traffic. Why was his impromptu concert an issue?

  5. Alan
    August 21st, 2010 at 02:21 | #5

    i think you guys are blowing this way out of proportion.

    he didn’t fight back. he didn’t disrespect the officer. he asked if he could play one song.

    the officer wasn’t cool with it, so he made him leave.

    get off you’re biblical high-horse and realize the incredible works God has done through that guy and his band. the bottom line is, he respected the authority and left. he might have not done it in the timely manner you wish he did, but he offered his hand, tried to talk to the disgruntled police officer, and left.

    a fellow believer,

    alan

  6. Gustavo Guerrero
    September 2nd, 2010 at 13:25 | #6

    Jon Foreman is a great guy and a big influence in my life!!! some people don’t see how important music can be but adults disrespect the young generation with their “old fashion” of interpreting stuff. God bless

  7. September 26th, 2010 at 22:04 | #7

    wjtl.com – da mejor.

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