Retired engineer, 67, stopped The Killers' gig by CROWD-SURFING fall

‘There’s no age limit for rock ‘n roll!’ Retired engineer, 67, who brought The Killers’ gig grinding to a halt by CROWD-SURFING before toppling to the ground by the stage says he’s ‘feeling fine’ despite ‘a few aches’

  • Doug James, 67, was crowd surfing before he fell and hit his head at The Killers
  • Rock band were performing at Manchester Emirates Old Trafford cricket ground
  • Frontman Brandon Flowers checked on the retired service engineer and marine

A 67-year-old pensioner who hit his head after being accidentally dropped while crowd surfing at a rock concert by The Killers has said he is ‘feeling fine’ despite ‘a few aches’.

Doug James, from Sale, Greater Manchester, was at the Emirates Old Trafford cricket ground for The Killers’ gig with his son Barry on Saturday night last week.  

A retired marine and service engineer, Mr James was being passed overhead by other fans before he fell and hit his head, sustaining a cut in the process.

The Killers’ frontman Brandon Flowers immediately jumped off the stage to halt his performance and make sure the pensioner was not badly injured.

He said on the microphone: ‘Who dropped the guy, who dropped him? Is he OK? let’s just take care of him, his head is bleeding a little bit.’ 

Mr James said Flowers was ‘concerned about me’ and ‘asked if I was OK’, describing the 40-year-old American musician as a ‘lovely gentleman’ for checking on him.

The band’s official Twitter account later posted a picture of Mr James sharing a hug with the lead singer, and wrote: ‘There’s no age limit for rock ‘n roll!’

Doug James, a 67-year-old pensioner who hit his head after being accidentally dropped while crowd surfing at a rock concert by The Killers has said he is ‘feeling fine’ despite ‘a few aches’

Speaking to BBC Five Live on Monday, the 67-year-old said it was his first time crowd surfing and it made him feel as though his ‘childhood is coming back’, adding that it ‘brought him so much joy’. 

‘I want to do things I’ve not done. I was just enjoying the moment,’ Mr James said.

He also assured that he is ‘recovering well’ from the crowd-surfing adventures, including the hit to the head: ‘I’m feeling fine. I’ve just got a few aches.’

Fans watching the interaction between Mr James’ and frontman Flowers cheered as it was filmed and shown to the crowds behind them. 

They erupted when Flowers said, after explaining what Doug had been doing: ‘Do you know what he [Mr James] said? He said “I’m enjoying myself!”.’

Retired marine and service engineer, Mr James was being passed overhead by other fans before he fell and hit his head, sustaining a cut in the process. He is pictured with frontman Brandon Flowers who came to check on the pensioner straight away


Killers’ frontman Brandon Flowers immediately jumped off the stage to halt his performance and make sure the pensioner was not badly injured. Mr James said Flowers was ‘concerned about me’ and ‘asked if I was OK’, describing the 40-year-old American musician as a ‘lovely gentleman’ for checking on him

Before Mr James was named, crowds thought his name to be Billy, including Diane Noakes, who tweeted after meeting the pensioner after the show: ‘Billy stole the show from The Killers tonight. Crowd surfing at the front of the crowd. They dropped him.

‘[Brandon Flowers] stopped the show to get him rescued and some first aid. Billy is 67 years young. Living his best life.’

Another user replied to Barry, Mr James’ son who tweeted about the incident: ‘Glad your dad is okay! What an awesome bloke, something to aspire to.’

Plenty of people at the concert took selfies with the 67-year-old after stealing the show for his young-at-heart attitude. 

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