Toots Hibbert talks bottle-throwing incident at The Hamilton
Throughout an intimate acoustic performance with his band The Maytals Wednesday night at DC‚Äôs The Hamilton, 70-year-old reggae icon Toots Hibbert spoke of last week‚Äôs incident (see it at about the 2:25 mark in the video below) in Richmond, where a fan hurled a glass bottle at the singer‚Äôs head. Though still jovial and engaging Wednesday, it was obvious that Hibbert is still reeling from the assault. The singer received 5 staples in his head to treat a cut wound. Police arrested 19-year-old William C. Lewis for the incident, charging him with aggravated assault and public intoxication.
According to Hibbert, he encountered Lewis after the incident. ‚ÄúI didn‚Äôt hear much of what he said, but I thought I heard ‚Äėbecause I love your music‚Äô,‚ÄĚ he said jokingly of the apparent encounter and the teen‚Äôs motive.
Throughout the evening, in which Hibbert shared anecdotes with the audience about his catalog and career, the longtime frontman complained of continuing pain in his head, also stating repeatedly that the performance could be the last of his tour, as he needs to go home to Jamaica for additional medical attention to his ‚Äúbrain and head.‚ÄĚ Toots and the Maytals‚Äô current acoustic tour is slated for nine more stops on the East Coast.
‚ÄúTonight may be my last show because of my head,‚ÄĚ Hibberts said, causing a minor uproar among the audience. ‚ÄúI mean of this tour,‚ÄĚ he quickly added.
‚ÄúI will always be touring,‚ÄĚ he said with a smile.