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R. Kelly dumped from Jay-Z's show

By Associated Press

R&B singer R. Kelly was kicked off a tour with rapper Jay-Z Saturday, one day after Kelly walked offstage during a performance and allegedly was blasted with pepper spray by a member of Jay-Z's entourage.

Jeff Sharp, a contractor with tour promoter Atlanta World Wide Touring, confirmed that Kelly had been removed from the tour, but would not comment on the reason.

"The fans deserve better than this," Kelly said in a statement. "I'd like the show to go on. It's really disappointing that Jay-Z and the promoter don't."

The pepper-spray incident happened about an hour into Friday night's show, when Kelly walked on stage and said he saw two people in the audience waving guns, said Kelly's publicist, Allan Mayer. Kelly abruptly stopped his set around 9:30 p.m. while arena security employees searched for weapons.

Finding none, guards told Kelly it was safe to continue performing, Mayer said. But as the singer was making his way back to the stage, a man in Jay-Z's entourage -- apparently miffed that Kelly interrupted the show -- sprayed him and two of his bodyguards in the face, Mayer said.

--Associated Press
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I happen to know alot about this subject. I was asked to promote this show in Chicago, where is was to kick-off. I declined, as the insurance and venue guarantees for an orderly show were prohibitive.

Anyway, I had a hand in the ticket sales for the VIP seats. The two idiots in question, set up a practice facility for the tour at Northern Illinois Univ., in Dekalb Il. about an hour away from the actual kickoff venue in Rosemont IL. The 2 stars camps pulled knives on one another, destroyed incoming meals for each other and sabotaged each others equipment. This was all duing the practices. When the real show opened, R. Kelly took the stage at 10:30 pm for a 8 pm show.

So many parents were upset because the show was on a weekday, and they had anticipated taking their kids home around then, not starting the show at nearly 11 pm. The venue was inundated the next day, by angry parents demanding compensation.

The distrust escalated to St. Louis, where R. Kelly walked off stage in midshow, just after abusing the sound mixer. This sound mixer is one of the industry's best and has done sound for everyone from Pink Floyd to the Who, but of course, R. Kelly knew better.

Finally, last nite, the insurance companies, the sponsers, and the promoter had enough. I'm sure lawsuits will follow.

By the way, the same promoter did the Guns N Roses tour last year. The tour was rocky from the beginning, no shows, late shows, riots etc. As a friend of Axl Rose's from the very start, I called him and told him that I expected his Chicago show to go off without a hitch and that I was anticipating it greatly. He assured me that it would be great, and it was magical. The next date after Chicago, he was a no show again, the insurance company cancelled the coverage, the rest of the tour was cancelled and the promoter ate 1.8 million in guarantees. Lawsuits are in the courts as we speak.
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