News: 23 Fans Arrested At Lil Wayne Concert

Friday, Aug 28, 2009 11:20AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Lil Wayne's New York concert last night reportedly saw 23 fans, including teenagers and adults, arrested on criminal charges including marijuana possession, assault on security, trespassing and unlawful alcohol possession.

The concert, held at Darien Lake Theme Park, still took place despite the multiple arrests.

Twenty-three people were arrested at the Lil' Wayne concert last night including a 16-year-old from Cheektowaga, charged with trespassing for allegedly jumping a fence to get into the concert venue, nine people busted on marijuana charges, a ten year-old busted on possession of alcohol, a 23 year-old charged with hitting a female fan and injuring a security guard, a 26 year-old arrested for disorderly conduct and swearing in public and other arrests including criminal mischief and destruction of property. (The Batavian)

Wayne's concert included sets by Young Jeezy and Soulja Boy.

That said, Thursday's show had its moments. All of them came when Lil Wayne was on the stage; the opening sets from Young Jeezy, Soulja Boy Tell 'Em and Jeremih did little other than underscore the vacuousness at the heart of contemporary hip-hop. Bad rapping, no song to speak of and a pointless glorification of violence seemed to be the order of the day, particularly during Young Jeezy's set. (Buffalo News)

The show had previously been scheduled and canceled multiple times.

What were the odds we'd even see the guy? The long-running joke here in Rochester began when Lil Wayne did not show up for an October performance at the Blue Cross Arena, claiming the sound system was not satisfactory (he was also a no-show the following night at a Boston concert). The event was re-scheduled for Dec. 6, but canceled again. (Roc Now)

Wayne's manager, Cortez Bryant, previously gave explanations for Wayne's third cancellation earlier this year.

"Now that Wayne's doing these bigger shows, he wants to make sure that all of his fans are getting the same experience," he said last winter. "It would have been too difficult to travel with the entire band, then turn around and head to Calgary the next day. We didn't want the Rochester fans to get any less of a show because of logistics. We wanted to deliver the same caliber show we've delivered along the tour." (All Hip Hop)

Check out Lil Wayne's "Always Strapped" music video below:

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