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Crowd riots at Marilyn Manson concert. It took 130 cops to quell the disturbance among more than 2,000 fans at the abortive show in Kansas City

It must be nice for Marilyn Manson to know that, after a decade, he can still outrage audiences. This time, however, a riot broke out when he didn't play. The fracas occurred at the ''Freakers Ball'' concert Thursday at a racetrack in Kansas City, where Manson walked offstage after two songs, due to safety concerns, the Kansas City Star reports. That's when the some 2,000 to 3,000 unruly fans rushed the stage and threw beer bottles at off-duty cops. It took 130 police officers, equipped with batons, pepper spray, and a helicopter, to quell the melee.

According to the Star, the rowdy fans (out of an audience of 12,000 to 13,000) broke through the barricades as Manson performed his first song. When the barricades were reconnected, Manson returned to the stage, but the crowd surged forward and parted them again. This time, concertgoers realized he wasn't coming back, as stagehands were dismantling his equipment. That's when the crowd turned violent, throwing bottles, overturning trash cans, and smashing the window of a patrol car and damaging eight other police vehicles. While six concertgoers were hospitalized for minor injuries, there was just one arrest, though MTV News reports that nine fans were taken into custody and later released.

Manson said in a statement that the concert promoter had pulled the plug on the performance. ''Even though the show was stopped twice for safety reasons, we wanted nothing more than to continue to play. Although we were not allowed to finish the show, we understand that safety needs to come first.''

Originally posted Nov 03, 2003
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