A concert featuring superstar rapper DMX has been canceled at the urging of police in New England, over concerns of violence.
DMX was supposed to hit the stage at Whites of Westport on September 7, but a number of incidents in the area moved police to urge Whites, as well as the local promoter Hurricane Promotions, to cancel the concert.
“This cancellation is very unfortunate. DMX loves to perform for his his fans and hates to have to reschedule his shows. However, we are still taking bookings and are hoping to create a national tour this Fall,” Domenick Nati, of Nati Celebrity Services told AllHipHop.com.
Two men were shot – one fatally – at a Providence nightclub over the weekend, while a show featuring Philadelphia rapper Cassidy ended in brawls early Friday morning (August 24).
“Local law enforcement strongly advised us against doing this,” White’s VP Chris Lafrance told The Herald News. “We’ll regroup, maybe find some acts that fit a little better for the venue.”
Hurricane Promotions’ Michael Herren said that he had a security plan in place for the DMX concert and didn’t expect any issues, despite the violence last weekend.
“Unfortunately when people talk about gun violence, rap music is often intertwined,” Herren told The Herald News.
In addition to White’s own in-house security, ten state police were slated to be stationed around the venue, which can hold around 1,500 people.
Several hundred tickets had already been sold at $33 a-piece. Those fans who paid in advance can receive a full refund from Whites.