Friday, March 09, 2001

Band's fans fight police evacuation

The Associated Press

        SHEPHERDSVILLE, Ky. — Skirmishes erupted between fans of Insane Clown Posse and police when authorities evacuated the band's concert venue because of a bomb threat.

        At least four people were arrested Wednesday night but no injuries were reported.

        The concert by Insane Clown Posse, a hard rap-rock duo decked in clown makeup, was canceled.

        Fans said the opening band was playing when the sound was cut off and the lights turned up. Fans said they were initially told there were technical difficulties.

        People said they were told they would have to leave, but no one communicated a sense of urgency, said Bill Dail, tour manager for Insane Clown Posse.

        Shepherdsville Police Chief Ronald Morris said people started throwing objects as fans were ushered out. After several minutes, police used pepper spray, he said.

        Chief Morris said there were more than 1,000 fans inside. More than 50 police responded.

        Stefan Kudeck, who represents Psychopathic Records, Insane Clown Posse's label, said chaos erupted when people began trying to escape the pepper spray.


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