Superstars spring surprise on Miami fans

By Keith Faggen

At Virginia Key Beach, a hot day in the sun was suppose to turn into an evening
of hot compacted bodies grooving to the sound of hip hop and rap music. Instead,
the grounds turned into a landfill of debris after hundreds of unsuspecting,
angry and disappointed fans demanded their money back

On April 21, 2002, at Virginia Key Beach it was expected to be an overwhelming
crowd on hand to view some of the hottest Rap and Hip hop artists to top the
billboards. Fabolous, Fat Joe, Tanyo Metro & Devonte, Moob Deep, ICONZ, Khia,
Sean Paul and Trina, all were scheduled to perform as promoted and scheduled by
promoter Tyrone Miller. Dedicated fans paid a minimum of $20 to stand in the
heat of the day waiting for a concert that was suppose to last from noon to 12.

Food vendors were out in force to serve a hungry crowd that craved for more then
just food. They thirsted with anticipation of spine tingling music as they
sheltered themselves from the steaming afternoon sun with hats, rags, and t-
shirts wrapped around their head. A cumulative mass of energy rolled through the
crowd lingering on the edge of a festive explosion. The audience patiently
waited as the hot body contests of lovely ladies and hard-bodied men strutted
their stuff for the crowd. Other music groups such as the Rawlo Boys and Quick
Hit Boyz continued to keep the crowd jumping as they performed their latest

Then there was a moment of DJ mixes to fill the time as fans continued to waited
anxiously for the appearance of the night’s first rising star, Khia. Hour after
hour fans waited. Maintaining their cool as the DJ’s began to run out of things
to do.

“ Get ready for Khia in ten minutes!” DJ, LA Smooth shouted to the crowd in his
attempt to keep them hyped. After repeating himself several times, he switched
gears, shouting, “ And are you ready for Fat Joe?” Naturally, everyone wondered
what happen to Khia. Unfortunately, there is only so much stalling even a DJ can
do, and fans were quick to catch wind of the deception that was taking place.
None of the 8 superstars that were supposed to perform made it to the stage to
satisfy the musical thirst of their fans. The same fans that flock to the music
stores to buy their CD’s. It wasn’t that the artist was late showing or sick,
but because –as reported- the money wasn’t quite right.

As one angry fan put it, “ Just because they wasn’t going to make a whole lot of
money they decided to gip the fans. They must forget we are the reason that they
are superstars. Why take it out on us. They could have performed and took it up
with the promoter or promoters later.”

Some of the artist never left the hotel while others locked themselves into
their air-conditioned campers on site. Instead of the promoter coming out on
stage to explain to the now irritable paying fans what was going on, he left it
to the DJ to fill the void by continuing to mislead the people. All alone
knowing that there wasn’t going to be an appearance by any of the artist.

Finally, the fans ran out of patients and began to throw bottles ,cans and other
debris on to the stage. Several entertainers providing ‘crowd pampering service’
were hit.

Police and security officers maintained control by threatening to take anyone
found throwing debris on to the stage to jail. It worked, but only for a moment.
The crowd continued with its display of disgust as DJs’ walked off the stage
alone with the performance group. There was nothing left behind but an empty
stage filled with vulnerable high-tech equipment and debris outraged fans threw
in disappointment.

Around 10:00 PM, the place was on the verge of a riot when people finally just
decided to walk out chanting for a refund. One vendor said,

“10 years ago fan would have flipped the stage and broke into a full-fledged
riot. Fans have surely come along way. “Still,” the vendor continued, “I don’t
see why the stars didn’t come out and take care of the fans and took up the
money issue with the promoter afterward. There was no need for them to take it
out on the fans. ” T he promoter Tyrone Miller was know where to be found. Since
the promotion team decided to keep all parts of the tickets- including the
customers stubs - at the point of entry, unsuspecting fans had no way to prove
that they were ever at the event.

© 2002 South Dade Monitor, Inc.