Limp Bizkit concert organisers and police are playing down reports of a riot between fans keen to get tickets for a date on their Napster-sponsored free tour last Thursday (July 27).
Reports from Villa Park, Illinois suggest that drunken fans queuing for free-entry wristbands early on in the day for that evening’s show at the Odeum venue, began to hurl bottles and cans when they discovered all passes had been allocated. The venue has a capacity of 3,500 and an estimated 5,000 Bizkit fans showed up.
However, local police describe the giveaway as “orderly”, and a spokesperson for event promoters Jam Productions said the claims of trouble were overstated. Limp Bizkit could not be reached for comment this morning (July 31).
It would have been the first time on the tour that such trouble has flared. It had been feared that in the wake of the Roskilde Festival tragedy Limp Bizkit‘s first-come-first-served means of ticket allocation would be a recipe for disaster.
Limp Bizkit‘s manager Peter Katsis had countered the claim, saying security was a priority on the tour (which kicked off in Detroit on July 11), and that staff would be on hand to deal with four times any venue’s capacity.
The tour – which Limp Bizkit have undertaken with Cypress Hill – heads into Houston tonight. It winds up in Los Angeles on August 12.