The enormous hype surrounding 50 Cent backfired on Friday after thousands of
ticketless fans stranded outside a San Francisco club forced police to shut
down the rapper's show inside.
A spokesperson for the San Francisco Police Department said between 3,000
and 4,000 people were blocking traffic outside Kelly's Mission Rock when
authorities arrived around 10 p.m. to disperse the crowd.
While one person was arrested for inciting a riot, the spokesperson said the
crowd was otherwise "very peaceful."
An employee at Kelly's said 50 Cent was never even able to get inside the
venue because of the mob outside and that the 1,000 people who bought
tickets for the sold-out show will have their money refunded.
A spokesperson for 50 Cent did not return phone calls.
The Eminem and Dr. Dre protégé is on a short tour to promote his major-label
debut, Get Rich or Die Tryin', due February 11 (see "50 Cent Says
He's Capitalizing On Arrest, Doesn't Mind Being Bootlegged"). He performed
Saturday in Las Vegas and Sunday in San Diego at a Super Bowl party with
Fabolous, and will wrap the outing February 16 in Baltimore.
50 Cent was arrested on December 31 in New York when police allegedly found
two loaded guns in his rented SUV (see "50 Cent Appears In Court On Gun