Natalie Merchant Weathers Sunflower Shower At Lilith

While artists on other high-profile summer tours may face the threat of flying shoes or bottles that come hurtling from the audience, performers on Lilith Fair live with the danger of being pelted by sunflowers.

Such was apparently the case last weekend, as "Variety" reports that the tour's stop at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California found Natalie Merchant taking a handful of sunflowers (an offering from a fan) squarely in the mouth.

The errant toss reportedly prompted Merchant to say, "That hurt like hell, but they are beautiful."

"Variety" notes that the incident didn't damper Merchant or her set, which was heavy with material from her latest album "Ophelia."

Merchant and Sarah McLachlan, the Indigo Girls, Sinead O'Connor, and their fellow Lilith performers will next play Oklahoma City on Wednesday and Bonner Springs, Kansas on Thursday (for a complete itinerary, see "Lilith Vets Joined By Badu, Latifah, Missy As Itinerary

Announced," and to see where Lilith and every other summer tour will be, check out our Tour Tracker).