San Francisco Rock Concert Sparks Artist-Fan-Guard Fight

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Ian Brown, former singer of the Stone Roses, was briefly detained for allegedly attacking a fan who jumped onstage during a concert and beating a bouncer who intervened, police said.

Brown, 42, was released after questioning Tuesday night and won't be charged, police said. Investigators were having a tough time sorting through conflicting descriptions of the melee.

Shortly after taking the stage at the Great American Music Hall, witnesses said Brown started and stopped his old band's hit ''Made of Stone'' three times. He threw a microphone at a sound engineer and another into the balcony, according to witnesses.

''It was a very unprofessional way to act,'' said Leah Matanky, a club publicist.

An unidentified man climbed onto the stage and attacked Brown, who joined his bandmates in beating and kicking the man, witnesses said. Security guards dragged the man from the stage, but the singer and band members continued attacking him, witnesses and managers said.

When guard Gavin Baskett tried to stop Brown, the singer pushed him away, and the band attacked him, witnesses said. Several told police that Brown participated in the attack. Baskett was treated at a hospital and released.

Brown's publicist, Sioux Zimmerman, said the performer had no way of knowing who the guard was because he had come from behind.

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