R. Kelly Party Disappoints Some Fans: Revolution and Promoter Respond
Rule of thumb: Whenever a promoter calls an event anything other than a "concert" or a "performance," you sadly should not expect three hours of R&B jams. Thus, Revolution issued a statement to quell the anger expressed when Kelly arrived Sunday at 1 a.m. at an event that began at 8 p.m. "While this was promoted as a VIP Meet & Greet Party rather than a concert, it was very poorly organized and did not live up to the advertised message," a news release states. And the venue notes that the venue was rented out to an outside promoter, who was responsible for the event.
"It was a pretty good event," countered Ed Darling of Premiere Marketing Group, who put on the event. "He did a song or so and did a contest, shook hands, got off the stage, and hugged the people in the meet-and-greet area. It was never advertised as a performance; it was advertised from day one as a VIP party."
Darling confirmed that he received a call from Revolution staff that mentioned there were some complaints but stands firm that this was exactly the event he had planned to host.
"Everyone knew how it was supposed to be," Darling continues. "I talked to a couple of people, and I asked 'How did you come to [think it was a performance]?' There were radio advertisements, internet advertisements, and fliers saying it was a party. You can't just think that. You gotta hear that or know that. You can't think that, just because it's R. Kelly."
He added that the outcome of this event did not affect his standing with the club for future events.
Here is Revolution's full statement:
Revolution Live in Ft Lauderdale prides itself on producing and presenting a first class concert event at all our shows. Providing a quality, comfortable fan experience is of paramount importance to us.
However, we do make our facility available for rental to other promoters and individuals who produce events in our space. While we do our best to make sure these rentals deliver, unfortunately our control over their product can at times be limited. Such was the case with the R Kelly Black and White VIP Party held Sunday, October 2nd.
We understand that there was some disappointment with the event and the quality of entertainment offered by the promoter. R. Kelly showed up at 1 AM for an event that started at 8PM. While this was promoted as a VIP Meet & Greet Party rather than a concert, it was very poorly organized and did not live up to the advertised message. Please contact Ticketmaster for customer service and refund details.
Revolution Live does not produce events like this and this is not indicative of the way we run our concerts. We hope that those who had a negative experience at this event do not let it reflect on Revolution Live. We look forward to seeing you at one of our future shows.