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Backstreet Boys Concert Shut Down By Chicago Police [Video]

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The Backstreet Boys were unable to complete their set in Chicago on Friday after the police department pulled the plug on their performance.

According to various reports on Twitter, authorities decided to prematurely end the concert since the guys were singing way past the city’s curfew. Instead of letting them finish up, the Backstreet Boys’ fans were asked to pack up their things and head home.

Those folks who paid a serious chunk of change to see the group perform were understandably irritated with the Chicago Police Department’s decision to cancel the gig. Many of them took to social media on Friday night to express their extreme disappointment with the CPD.

“They didn’t let the Backstreet Boys finish their concert. That’s right — I got kicked out of a venue because of an 11 pm curfew on a Friday,” one unhappy individual tweeted.

“Whoever decided it was a good idea to cut off the Backstreet Boys concert at 11 pm noise curfew can rot in hell for all eternity,” another disgruntled fan wrote.

With only five songs left to go, authorities forced the venue to turn on the lights and announce that the show was coming to an abrupt end. The Backstreet Boys didn’t have much say in the matter; the police ultimately forced the sound crew to kill their microphones.

The guys tried to organize one more song on Northerly Island before calling it a night. However, the band decided against it due to the possibility of arrest.

Reports also claim that some fans protested the show’s cancellation by yelling at police and refusing to leave the venue. This resulted in several people getting busted by officers who were at the scene. According to one of the band members, this sort of thing has never happened to them before.

Amateur video of the incident is included below.

Here’s a few extremely unhappy tweets about the unexpected cancellation.

What do you think about Chicago police shutting down the recent Backstreet Boys concert?

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21 Responses to “Backstreet Boys Concert Shut Down By Chicago Police [Video]”

  1. Backstreet 2013

    It's COMPLETE Bullshit! Lollapalooza was ALLOWED TO CONTINUE until 11:45- this was just another attack on BSB and their fans! Nothing to do with some stupid "Ordinance" Since the other shows going on AT THE SAME TIME were not shut-down!

  2. Lisa Lindemann

    Thats messed up, 4 real, chicago u make me mad errrrrr, bsb 4 life

  3. Katie Green

    I will tell you what I think: completely wrong, tasteless, disrespectful, unprofessional, outrageous, inexcusable, unacceptable. Everyone involved is blaming the other party, ChicagoParks blames @LiveNation who blames First Merit Bank Pavillon who blames Chicago Police who blame @LiveNation who blame a noise ordinance.
    1. How come lollapalooza NOT shut down?
    2. When was the last time a football game was shut down b/c of "noise"? Or, a baseball game?
    2. How can the city justify that they allow fireworks to go off every week.
    3. Northerly island, right next to the Adler planetarium is far away from everything. What does noise have to do with anything?
    4. The police, who I usually have utmost respect for…the way they handled themselves in this situation INEXCUSABLE. They screwed up, big time.
    5. This might be a stretch, and I know that for the most part, our city isn't "allowing" it, but I am pretty sure that gunfire is loud and, and happens everyday at all hours of the night in Chicago Shouldn't the police be a bit more concerned & focused on stopping THIS (for many reasons), then shutting down a BACKSTREET BOYS concert because of "noise"? I know this is apples to oranges, but its upsetting for so many reasons. Who REALLY shut the concert down and why? They are lucky a riot didn't ensure from the mix of pissed off intoxicated fans (b/c alcohol of course was was served & consumed by many), because it could have been horrible mayhem.
    7. Anyone ever been on division street during a summer night when the bars are blasting music and packed with people?
    6. Chicago is a large city, whose politicians have supported countless economy building places and events to be constructed/put on. This summer, the former Charter One Pavilion underwent renovations at a cost of $3M that was funded by Live Nation. Its been estimated the increase in size will allow revenue of $2M per year, double than before. http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-03-21/news/chi-panel-oks-expansion-of-charter-one-pavilion-20130321_1_park-district-officials-lawn-seats-concert So, I guess the city wants to drive revenue by increasing space for patrons; but doesn't truly give a damn about what happens once the money leaves the hands of the patrons.

  4. Jennifer Stahl Discher

    Bon Jovi played til midnight. This is crazy!!!!

  5. Jay Dizzle

    Who the Fu** has a curfew in a Big city like Chicago? I'll bet you the cops couldn't wait to get to Dunkin Donuts afterwards! That' a damn shame on that city. Screw that Backstreet! Come to CALIFORNIA! YOU CAN GET AWAY WITH ANYTHING OVER HERE! Even the GAY SOCIETY HAS YOUR BACK! Fat, hungry, Heartless Pigs! OINK! Nick babe, you could've at least taken off your shirt for the crowd! I love you guys anyways….

  6. Jennifer Stahl Discher

    Nope not kidding Amy was right three with me.

  7. Tammy Carson

    I think that is ridiculous. Police should know how long concerts can last. It's not like it happens every night anyways. They should have let them finish. I would be completely furious. They are coming to Alabama the 27th of this month and I'm going and the cops better not dare shut it down or I'll be filing a report against them for whatever I can. Ridiculous. If it was someone like Fleetwood Mac I bet they wouldn't have shut it down. Stupid police.

  8. Debbie Carson

    Yes it is ridiculous. The city should not schedule concerts with a 11:00 pm curfew!!

  9. Mandy Marie Condrey

    What a crock! We paid $300 for each of our tickets & drove from Omaha, Ne to see this show! The Backstreet Boys even offered to pay any fines or fees needed so that their fans could see the rest of the show! I may be just one person, but BSB fans are not ones to mess with. I won't ever return to this venue & will not give it a good word to anyone.