3:10 am - 08/03/2013

Chicago Police Department shuts down opening show of Backstreet Boys North American tour

So earlier tonight I was at the Backstreet Boys concert - or really partial concert - that took place at Northerly Island tonight in Chicago. During the show all of the lights came on and we found out that the Chicago Police Department said that it was "past curfew" - despite the fact that we were on an island with no residential areas, almost everyone there was an adult, it's summer, and just across the lake Lollapalooza was still going on - and had the teamsters turn on the lights and ultimately cut power to all of the guys microphones. They tried to organize doing one more song to send everyone off with but the Police wouldn't allow it and apparently threatened to both fine and arrest the guys.

The show started late (about a half hour) as well due to issues with the city. I had a VIP package and we ended up starting over two hours late due to issues with the fire marshal. After sound check and the Q&A the city wanted them to stop the meet and greet / photo op portion as well saying people had to have their seats (again it's an outdoor venue on an island where it wasn't crowded and no real issue with people being outside) so instead of cancel anything they brought the remaining VIPs backstage so that we could do our photo ops there while the rest of the audience trickled in (also meaning that VIP time was cut short and we never got some of the perks like private merchandise shopping).

Basically the entire thing was a fuck up of epic proportions, a lot of which involved the city of Chicago. The sound on the video didn't come out that great but I was right in the front (second row) so we could hear the guys really clearly when they were talking to us. Kevin said that in 20 years they've never been shut down before. It got crazy when we were exiting with some fans refusing to leave, yelling at cops, and some people even rushed the gate by the buses. I tried to get a shot of a fan going at it with the cops (they were getting mouthy with cops who were not having it, and I've heard some other people say there was an arrest or two, so I'm not sure if this was it) but the lights kind of messed it up. Also this post would be more coherent if I wasn't seething right now.

Source: Me and my camera. The video quality will improve... YouTube is still processing this so it's a little iffy at the moment.

Edit: WGN News contacted me about this. I just got off the phone with them. The police say they are denying they were even there and know nothing about this. The time stamp on my video shows they were shut down at 10:53 PM (I started recording a little into it since at first no one was sure what was going on). Also have conflicting reports as to when the NIN set at Lolla ended from different people who claim they were there. Chicago Police claim the Park District shut it down the Park District claims it was Live Nation and Live Nation claims it was the Pavillion who claims it was the Chicago Police. Basically no one is owning up to it.
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comalies 3rd-Aug-2013 08:13 am (UTC)
vehiclesshockme 3rd-Aug-2013 08:14 am (UTC)
comalies 3rd-Aug-2013 08:19 am (UTC)

Seriously though, that sucks so much and I would have been livid. Are they going to try to reschedule?
lpbrowncoat 3rd-Aug-2013 11:17 am (UTC)
WHAT THE FUCK. You can't leave a BSB concert without hearing this iconic song.
lipkinlip 3rd-Aug-2013 11:25 am (UTC)
were you there?
me and my friend left after the last sit down song or whatever they played.
dj pauly d was lame.
0__jen__0 3rd-Aug-2013 02:25 pm (UTC)
I'm so pissed about that. How did that even happen.
Everything was great up until that point.

No I want it that way, no everybody. no larger than life. gahh

the cutting off the mics during the acapella was total bullshit.
yurasama_love 3rd-Aug-2013 04:35 pm (UTC)
bforbribri 3rd-Aug-2013 01:39 pm (UTC)
clearly they are n'sync fans, duh
efaulkner 3rd-Aug-2013 04:49 pm (UTC)
chimbleysweep 3rd-Aug-2013 08:14 am (UTC)
I'd be more pissed than when my mom cracked my Millennium CD and never replaced it.
comalies 3rd-Aug-2013 08:20 am (UTC)
...now I really want to listen to Millennium.
chimbleysweep 3rd-Aug-2013 08:33 am (UTC)
Me too :((((((
saintvlas22 3rd-Aug-2013 04:14 pm (UTC)
ladycroissant 3rd-Aug-2013 09:10 am (UTC)
Ugh a friend of mine did that with my nsync cd and I was pissed.
generationxwing 4th-Aug-2013 03:22 am (UTC)

jada_casi1 3rd-Aug-2013 08:21 am (UTC)
I was there too and it really sucked that it just ended like that. Urgh.
vehiclesshockme 3rd-Aug-2013 08:25 am (UTC)
I wasn't sure what was happening at first. I thought it was part of the show like pretending to have to leave and then coming back and then it was like oh shit they're serious. I don't think I got it on the video but there were points where Brian looked pissed and I've never seen him look angry like that.
vonlisbon 3rd-Aug-2013 08:23 am (UTC)
lol wtf why the cops getting pressed over a friggin' Backstreet Boys concert??
vehiclesshockme 3rd-Aug-2013 08:24 am (UTC)
Like it's fucking ridiculous. There are actual crimes they should be dealing with. People are getting murdered in this city every fucking day and they're bitching about noise in a non-residential area when a gigantic music festival is going on across the water. Are you fucking kidding me right now?
dorawa 3rd-Aug-2013 10:18 am (UTC)
they must be huge nsync fans
speshsnowflake 3rd-Aug-2013 10:26 am (UTC)
bemythugtonight 3rd-Aug-2013 11:07 am (UTC)
the worst


chomsky 3rd-Aug-2013 02:57 pm (UTC)
lol especially the weekend of Lollapalooza, like there isn't a bunch of fucking noise pollution downtown 24/7 yesterday, today and tomorrow from hipsters with flower crowns and shit.
sfarfallio 3rd-Aug-2013 08:23 am (UTC)
damn that messed up! I'm sorry! I would be so pissed if something like that happened when i paid a lot money for it esp. a vip package! ):
scotprincess 3rd-Aug-2013 08:31 am (UTC)
I was at their concert at the grove, where the grove only expected 2000 people to show up but 20000 people did and security got very testy but this is worse than that.
sarah1124 3rd-Aug-2013 08:36 am (UTC)
I was there. I still can't believed this happened. One second we're listening to them sing, then the house lights come on and they are trying to get the boys to leave the stage. It was crazy.
vehiclesshockme 3rd-Aug-2013 08:38 am (UTC)
I have seriously never seen anything like that ever.
sarah1124 3rd-Aug-2013 08:42 am (UTC)
I can't believe they wouldn't let them sing one last song a Capella.
_lackof_passion 3rd-Aug-2013 02:09 pm (UTC)
Apparently not the first band to run into big issues at Northerly this summer...
genbu_no_miko24 3rd-Aug-2013 08:40 am (UTC)
damn thats sucks for everyone.
carriehunt 3rd-Aug-2013 08:45 am (UTC)
i think obama is behind this, he just couldn't let bsb have his home town

first the nsa now this

yes we can? more like no we can't tbh
misscrystal25 3rd-Aug-2013 05:09 pm (UTC)
This isn't even decent trolling. Also, I knew a Carrie Hunt in elementary school....
carriehunt 3rd-Aug-2013 05:29 pm (UTC)
you've seen worse tbh

someone messaged me once and said they had a boss named carrie hunt

it wasn't me
megedeborch 3rd-Aug-2013 08:49 am (UTC)
WTF. I would rage sfm. If the city knew that it might be a little late for the concert why didn't they had an issue with it when it was planned like mooonths ago? RME. Maybe fight some real crime.

Sorry for not getting the full concert experience, OP. :(
vehiclesshockme 3rd-Aug-2013 08:57 am (UTC)
Maybe fight some real crime.

My fucking thoughts exactly.

This was probably about money. This city is ridiculous.
kingsandcastles 3rd-Aug-2013 12:59 pm (UTC)
if it was about money, they would have let it go, then fine the venue for breaking curfew
jole_taxi 3rd-Aug-2013 08:56 am (UTC)
G o o d!! shut down backstreet shit
lonexmirage 3rd-Aug-2013 09:03 am (UTC)
Omg, that sucks. I dare them to try that in St. Louis tomorrow.

But Chicago has always been crooked. Glad I'm from Southern IL where we don't really have to claim that part of the state. Yikes.
vehiclesshockme 3rd-Aug-2013 09:04 am (UTC)
A ton of people that were around me decided they were going to try and do St. Louis tomorrow. If my ankle wasn't so fucked up I would totally do it but I was rough on it tonight and I don't think I could do 10 hours of driving round trip plus another concert in a 24 hour span.
raunchyb 3rd-Aug-2013 02:46 pm (UTC)
That sucks so much, I'm sorry. Would there even be tickets left?

Dean Richards from WGN just tweeted a link to this post and shared it on Facebook! I'm surprised there aren't other articles about it yet.

Edited at 2013-08-03 02:47 pm (UTC)
taleasold 3rd-Aug-2013 09:04 am (UTC)
of all the things in the world for police to break up...what even...

i'm sorry for everyone who was there. :( i'd be BEYOND upset rn.
treradical 3rd-Aug-2013 09:11 am (UTC)
off topic but omg i'm so jealous of your username
taleasold 3rd-Aug-2013 05:59 pm (UTC)
i don't even know how i managed to get it tbh.

your icon is my favorite. <3
chimbleysweep 3rd-Aug-2013 09:15 am (UTC)
I thought you'd be more into Nsync, Walt. Since they had Mouseketeers.
hemsworth 3rd-Aug-2013 06:24 pm (UTC)
echoing the same. i'm SO jealous of your journal
nicoline88 3rd-Aug-2013 09:24 am (UTC)
My BFF and I were there. At first we thought it was just part of the show, but when it started to drag we got fucking pissed. I paid 116 for my ticket and the fact that we didn't even get a full show on the first night of the tour is bull. The staff at Charter one Pavillion were such jag offs. I literally thought Nick was going to get arrested. Brian looked fucking disgusted at the situation and I don't blame him. I really hope they reschedule the concert at a different venue and for christs sake we can do without that douchebag Pauly D. That bastard djed for an hour and a half.
vehiclesshockme 3rd-Aug-2013 09:26 am (UTC)
It's not just the kick off of the tour but it's the 20th Anniversary Tour and Kevin is back and it just ugh. I thought it was part of the show at first too. Also the last video interlude fucked up too and I don't know if it was just a technical glitch or part of the locals trying to shut everything down. I was right up front and Nick basically said let them arrest me. I really thought it was going to happen.

Fucking Pauly D. Oh my God. Holy epileptic fit Batman what were with all of the lights too?
vivalakeyana 3rd-Aug-2013 11:28 am (UTC)
Lol Nickolas Gene gives no fucks. I love him.

But seriously, what a mess. I feel so bad for the boys and concert-goers. :(
lipkinlip 3rd-Aug-2013 11:27 am (UTC)
lol same
biran's song was better that dj pauly d.
arisingphoenix 3rd-Aug-2013 09:25 am (UTC)
When they put out the video that said they only had five min left I was like...

I saw that set list. That's a lie. (Which is smart to cover their ass with refunds until people check the setlist for other shows) They prob had a good twenty min left. Or at least 3 more songs min.  They should def come back or something idk how it's gonna happen and I suspect someone is in deep shit because cities alert bands to curfews so someone, when they knew they were running late shoulda been making calls. 

I've seen this happen on movie sets and you can usually negotiate with cops/ city officials/unions if you realize you're gonna be over and  start planning ahead a couple hours. Obviously different circumstances but  its similar who you deal with. Especially cuz what they only woulda had to go over tops 45 min. Sooo some shit is going down behind the scenes unless it was just a noise complaint idk. That's crazy though and disappointing as a fan. I take it bailey didn't open for them since they were running late. 
vehiclesshockme 3rd-Aug-2013 09:30 am (UTC)
They definitely lied in that video. Kevin said (I don't think the audio picked up in here) that they had several more songs to do and in the Sound Check they said they had a pretty long show with a lot of (but not all) of the new album and pretty much all of the hits. Honestly with the city of Chicago you never know. It sounded like they were dicking them around. Initially the fire marshal told us five more minutes for the sound check and it ended up being another half hour.

There's no way it was a noise complaint. The only thing over there is museums and they were all closed. There's nothing residential plus Lolla was going on so it doesn't even make sense.

Bailey did two songs.
arisingphoenix 3rd-Aug-2013 10:29 am (UTC)
Yeah I saw the songs they got to do on tumblr and even just compared to the European set I was thinking Ummmmm nope. Too short for it to be five min and that's when I was like ..lie to cover the outrage and possible refunds and bull of them turning and going to the venue/city you pay it not us ,and that battle. It seems as if when they (the city) booked it they didn't factor everything in or something because if they let one concert , that was just across go on that's insane and of both shows I would def NOT Pick the bsb show to be the "problematic" one.  Honestly this is insane to me cuz I'm used to hearing about it happening in the UK but here it's so rare that its bizarre and just messed up. the UK is strict with its curfews and people have trains to catch, but bieber and riri can show up 2 /3 hours late and be fine, but in their own country bsb can't go 45 min over??! Lol what the hell 

I feel like the cops/city/union would use the excuse noise complaint because there really isn't a way for the band/management to then fight them and blame them for causing the incident unjustly or not cooperating if in fact anyone had been attempting to negotiate. but again of both concerts i wouldn't pick bsb to be "too loud and crazy" 

I honestly wouldn't be shocked if it was the union workers going yeah we're gonna need overtime and a negotiation not being reached or something like that where they were stretched thin and wanted one cut short and the city was just all oh well bsb gotta go. It's sucks because there's nothing they could do. I mean I know they have the after party and could maybe do some acapella there, but it's not the whole crowd. I feel bad for the fans and them that the tour started off this way. 

I don't know how to feel about the fact that I've heard bad and good about everyone else lol. Pauly D (no one liked) and Jesse(apparently has one really good  new song and was fun)but no bailey. I'm sure he's sounding better than my poor Brian was the other day. 
fruitariyun 3rd-Aug-2013 02:17 pm (UTC)
Whut da other person said. Prob bc of da unions
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