The Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo has withdrawn a scheduled performance by entertainer Shannon Noll for their 60th rodeo celebrations next month following last weekend’s on stage incident involving the artist.
Noll, who is based in the Sutherland Shire, was forced to apologise for his behaviour at Nyngan’s Duck Creek picnic races after a member of the 5000 strong crowd threw a beer at the singer, sending him into a swearing and abuse filled tirade, which was caught on video.
“Come on then, that f---head in the tie. You’re a f---ing maggot. Have some f---ing balls to come up here instead of throwing something from there... Come on, cheapshot prick," Noll yelled at the concertgoer, as his band continued playing the opening strains of Daryl Braithwaite’s The Horses.
The almost two-minute rant continued with Noll inciting the crowd to "shame that motherf---er there" and offering $100 for someone to "punch that f--- for me".
The outburst has cost him a spot on the Rodeo ticket.
Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo General Manager Natalie Flecker said a lot of work and effort had gone into establishing the event nationally as a premier iconic Outback experience.
“We pride ourselves on our family-friendly environment and reputation so we have made this operational decision to ensure we deliver the best event experience for all attendees,” Ms Flecker said.
Mr Noll said he was disappointed to not be there to celebrate such a milestone for an event engrained within the history and heritage of Queensland.
“I wish it every success. I look forward to returning and being a part of it another time,” Noll said.
The Isa Rodeo, the biggest rodeo in the Southern Hemisphere, celebrates its Diamond Jubilee 60 th Anniversary Rodeo from 9 to 12 August.
More than 25,000 people are expected to head to the north west Queensland mining city for a festival of world-class rodeo competition and live entertainment.