Day After Grammy Nod, Rick Ross' QC Concert Canceled
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A news release from ticket company Live Nation Entertainment gives no reason for the cancellation of Rick Ross' Saturday concert at Bojangles Coliseum. It is widely speculated that an on-going feud with a Chicago-based gang called "Gangster Disciples" is the reason behind the cancellation.
Ross used the gang's symbol - the star of David - to promote his album. He apparently didn't get permission; a violation of street code. For months, recorded threats of violence have appeared online. One alleged gangster can be seen saying, "Whatever city, whatever state, pressure (is) on. We're letting your promoters know. Before you book Rick Ross, ya'll need to talk to us, G." Behind him, other men gesture as though they are pulling the trigger of a gun.
Before the concert was canceled, CMPD promised to be vigilant and ensured fans' safety.
"Of course if there is a threat of violence, it has to be taken seriously," says local entertainment and night life blogger, Jarvis Holliday (http://www.grownpeopletalking.com/). He says Ross' business partners can't be surprised. "The promoters know that when they are lining up this guy," he says.
Ross comes the through the Charlotte area on a regular basis. He performed at Bojangles Coliseum in March. And that, some say, could be the real reason behind the cancellation.
Ross' show in Greensboro was also canceled. Starting Friday tickets to the concerts can be refunded at point of purchase. If you bought your ticket online or by phone, it'll be automatically refunded.
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