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October 3, 2012 5:29:11 AM PDT
The lead singer of the rock band Falling In Reverse faces assault charges in New Jersey after police say he threw microphone stands into the crowd at a weekend concert, injuring two people.The young man who was injured said he expecting moshing and crowd surfing at the FestEVIL last weekend at Six Flags Great Adventure.

Instead of listening to heavy metal, he was hit in the head by heavy metal.

The victim, 24-year old Phillip Schwartz got more than a concert tee-shirt at the Falling in Reverse concert last weekend, he got a gash in his head that required three staples to close.

"After he finished the last song, he grabbed three mike stands and threw them, and one of them landed on my head," Schwartz said.

Amateur video taken by a concertgoer shows lead singer Ronnie Radke flinging microphone stands into the screaming crowd. Schwartz says he was turned away from the stage, talking to his girlfriend, when he suddenly felt intense pain.

"I went to touch it and I felt my finger go into the wound and I said, there's a dent in my head, there's a dent in my head," he said.

Schwartz posted photos of his bloodied face and head on Instagram and added 'I know you didn't mean to intentionally hurt anyone on Saturday but unfortunately you did...

Radke apologized to Schwartz via Twitter.

"It's sad that it happened," Schwartz said. "I think he got lost in the moment, and I know he didn't mean to hurt me, but he did. And he hurt another girl."

That 16-year old girl was also treated for head and face wounds at a nearby hospital after she was hit by another mic stand thrown off the stage.

Jackson police arrested Radke in his dressing room after the show and charged him with aggravated assault. He is free on $25,000 bail.

Falling in Reverse was headlining FestEVIL, which Six Flags officials say was their first and, now, last heavy metal show. A spokeswoman tells Eyewitness News, "The performer's actions were reckless, unacceptable and showed a complete disregard for the safety of his fans."

As for Phillip, he says that was likely his last Falling in Reverse show too.

"There is a concert in this area in November and I was going to buy tickets but now I'm not so sure," he said.

Phillip says he feels torn, his family and friends want him to get a lawyer and sue the band but he says he's a big fan.

LINK: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nH9hI_ZkM2g&list=UU37StCbegDUvA09j27PeuIw&index=1&feature=plcp (Courtesy - Jaclyn Gyorfy)

LINK: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mC_eUTsql8&feature=plcp (Courtesy - Kelly Mullins)

LINK: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzIaARFybL0&feature=plcp (Courtesy ? Fallen Angel)

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