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Rapper's Promise Of Free Shows Caused Mayhem Literally All Day
It only took two canceled shows, shut down streets, mobs of fans and police controlling the crowds in riot gear before rapper Future was able to find a venue for him and his enthusiastic fans.
Future kept police busy yesterday, announcing a series of free concerts to promote his new album, DS2. Each announcement caused hordes of fans to show up and clog the streets surrounding the venues. First, Future announced a free show at 7 p.m. at The Roxy—a venue with a capacity of 500—on the Sunset Strip. Fans mobbed the area at about 11 a.m., causing the busy street to be shut down for hours between Doheny Drive and San Vicente Blvd.
WEHO UPDATE: Free Future concert scheduled for midnight at The Roxy Theatre has been cancelled http://t.co/SPHwgvzgrk pic.twitter.com/mH5fGKPplU— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) July 23, 2015
The street reopened at about 5 p.m., an hour or so after the show was cancelled because fans who didn't get one of the coveted wristbands were refusing to leave, the L.A. Times reports.
West Hollywood "Future" concert canceled??? This could be ugly. Not confirmed yet.. But soon @KCBSKCALDesk pic.twitter.com/J7IEzxeUmY— stu mundel (@Stu_Mundel) July 23, 2015
Future concert at Roxy canceled after fans overwhelm part of Sunset Strip http://t.co/FQ1q2CX7TZ pic.twitter.com/BRMRPEVfFR— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) July 24, 2015
At about 6 p.m., Future said he'd moved the show to the nearby House of Blues, promising entry to the first 800 people to line up. Doors were supposed to be at 10 p.m. About 1,200 people rushed to the club, according to police, including some jerks who were apparently playing with fire extinguishers, KTLA reports. The show was canceled again because some fans couldn't control themselves.
Future Concert Back On At House Of Blueshttp://t.co/MoGs04pS8d pic.twitter.com/gQQ3d7kAgA— FOX 11 Los Angeles (@FOXLA) July 24, 2015
#BREAKING: Free Future concert at @HOBSunset canceled; portion of Sunset Blvd closed in WeHohttp://t.co/tTgfz9RSwO pic.twitter.com/h5w0sRpFKO— KTLA (@KTLA) July 24, 2015
At 10:40 p.m., Future tweeted that he would not be dissuaded.
Salute the fans #DS2LA I will be back soon to give give the ppl the show they deserve— FUTURE/FREEBANDZ (@1future) July 24, 2015
Next, Future tweeted that he was "posted vip" at Hollywood's Supper Club. So, a giant crowd former over there.
Rapper Future tweets he'll be at Hollywood club, prompting possible overcrowdinghttp://t.co/tTgfz9RSwO pic.twitter.com/kaowEkiKWj— KTLA (@KTLA) July 24, 2015
This time, however, Future successfully performed to a packed house at the 500-capacity club.
Future also performed free shows in Atlanta, Chicago and New York. Rapper J. Cole recently played a $1 concert at the Wiltern, similarly causing a mob of (slightly more behaved) fans to rush to Koreatown. In May, the Rolling Stones played a surprise secret show at The Fonda.
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