What is going on with the 2014 concert season? Less than two weeks after rowdy fans and violence made headlines at a Keith Urban concert, Eminem and Rihanna’s recent Monster Tour concerts at the Rose Bowl ended with more dozens of arrests and hospitalizations.
On Saturday, CBS Los Angeles reported that police arrested 12 people for public intoxication at Friday night’s Monster Tour show in Pasadena, while another 15 fans had to be hospitalized during the concert. In addition, one person was arrested on a charge of assaulting a security guard, while a total of 17 people were arrested Thursday night during the first of the two Eminem-Rihanna Rose Bowl shows.
According to Entertainment Weekly, the concert collaboration between the two superstars was “fascinating” and included their 2012 duet “Numb,” as well as their smash hit “Love The Way You Lie.” In a nod to “Silence of the Lambs” icon Hannibel Lecter, Eminem made his entrance on a stretcher, while Rihanna took on Dido’s part for a performance of the Eminem classic, “Stan.”
But somewhere along the line, the music gave way to madness – and it seems to be a trend this summer. The 2014 summer concert season kicked off with the death of an intoxicated 22-year-old fan following a Jason Aldean concert in Cleveland. A Keith Urban concert in Massachusetts last month resulted in at least 46 people being treated by emergency workers for alcohol-related illnesses, while more than 50 people were taken into protective custody during the show. And at the same concert, an 18-year old man was accusing of raping a 17-year-old girl after heavy drinking, while several onlookers at the XFinity center show reportedly recorded the violent act on their cell phones.
Urban addressed the horrific act and arrests via a Facebook post that said, “Our hearts and prayers go out to all those affected. This type of behavior stands in stark contrast to the spirit of our shows."
Eminem and Rihanna’s three-city mini-tour heads to East Rutherford, New Jersey on Aug. 16-17, before landing in the rapper’s home state of Detroit with shows at Comerica Park on from Aug. 22-23. Let’s hope the only stretchers involved in those shows are for Eminem’s entrance.