The lead singer of Toots and the Maytals was injured on Saturday night by a bottle thrown at the stage during a concert in Virginia. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Frederick “Toots” Hibbert was struck in the forehead and treated at a hospital for the resulting cut.
Toots and the Maytals were performing at the Dominion Riverrock Outdoor Sports and Music Festival when a glass vodka bottle was launched from the crowd. The reggae veterans’ set was brought to an early end, and a 19-year-old man has been arrested and charged with aggravated assault and public intoxication, according to Richmond police. An executive with Venture Richmond, the company that produces the three-day festival, said that the bottle used appears to have been stolen from the venue’s bar area.
Another festival manager said that 67-year-old Hibbert remained in good spirits after leaving the hospital that night. “He was lucid. He was laughing. He was tired obviously. He had had a very long day,” Venture Richmond’s Stephen Lecky said. “He was one of the nicest men I ever met.”