Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Music / Road Report & Upcoming

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Music / Road Report & Upcoming

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Chicago Tribune

(Dateline: West Allis, Wis., Aug. 6, 1996):

Despite beefed-up security, a dozen teen-age girls and a guard were injured when about 100 screaming fans rushed the stage during a concert at State Fair Park just west of Milwaukee. The rhythm-and-blues band Immature was changing costumes during a Sunday show at the grandstand when a member of the group's entourage shouted to the already excited and screaming fans, "Do you all wanna come on stage?" Moments later, she again asked, "I'm saying, do ya all wanna come up on stage?" Security guards held up a metal movable fence to contain the crowd of about 3,000, and some of the guards were pushed down as screaming fans rushed forward, tossing Teddy bears, love letters, cards and roses onto the stage. State Fair Park Director Richard Bjorklund on Monday blamed the band for putting the crowd in danger. "They called kids to the stage and put them in peril," Bjorklund said. The crush occurred several songs into the concert. The woman who called for fans to come onto the stage repeatedly begged audience members to return to their seats when the crowd began pushing. Eight girls with injuries ranging from troubled breathing to minor fractures were treated and released at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. None of those injured in the stampede remained hospitalized Monday. Immature a two 14-year-old boys and a 15-year-old boy a rose to the Top 10 in the Billboard charts in 1994 with their first release, "Never Lie." It was the second time in two visits to Milwaukee that the band's appear ance was disrupted by unruly crowds. During Immature's first Milwaukee visit in April, police shut down a shopping mall after young girls pinned mall security guards against the gate to a store during an autograph session. The Associated Press Los Angeles Times (June 17, 1996) Every black teen group that wanders down the pike has to cope with comparisons to the Jackson 5 and New Edition. Los Angeles-based Immature is no exception. To their credit, the three 14-year-old boys who make up the group possess a degree of professional poise and sophistication that even their predecessors lacked at that age. …

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