Sunday, October 18, 2009
DMX/Police Confrontation Sparks Riot at Concert
DMX’s scheduled Colorado Springs concert last night (October 16) turned into a riot after the Yonkers artist clashed with local police over his headlining set.
The show was supposed to be for American Charities, and X made it to the venue around 11pm. Upon his arrival, the multi-platinum artist was accosted by a security guard and told he could not perform.
DMX was furious, and inquired as to why he couldn’t fulfill his contractual obligations. The guard explained that he was allegedly supposed to be there by 9:30PM, and fans had already been told he wasn’t coming.
During the back and forth, the security guard threatened to have X arrested if he attempted to get on stage, a warning the rapper scoffed at.
“[Arrest me] for what?! You ain’t no police!” DMX argued. “I’ve been paid to perform.”
When X attempted to force his way on stage, several authorities tackled him to the ground. His entourage and fans joined the fracas, and DMX’s publicist Pam Pinnock reportedly suffered a minor concussion and face laceration after being trampled on the floor.
DMX eventually made it to the stage, but was not given the supporting sound system to appease his chanting fans.
While details are still being revealed, the American Charities’ strict refusal to let DMX perform is allegedly the result of the non-profit not having the remaining money needed to cover X’s performance. The rapper was paid an $8000 deposit, with a remaining amount of $7000 to be delivered upon the show’s completion.
Instead of informing DMX’s management, the show promoters allegedly opted to completely cancel the set rather then negotiate a new arrangement.
Last year, DMX had a similar situation at Indiana University, when police caused a brief riot by shutting down the rapper’s set for not taking the stage on time for a scheduled 8:30PM performance.
At press time, neither DMX nor a representative from American Charities could be reached for comment.