Event-goers were the butt of bad business over the weekend. R&B heavyweight R. Kelly was booked to headline Soulfest AZ on Saturday (April 25) in Tolleson, but he backed out 20 minutes before the show, citing no payment from the show's promoters.
Kelly sent his management to deliver the bad news to waiting fans, and he also recorded a personal apology to fans from his trailer, explaining the situation.
"I'm right here in Arizona right now. Big ups to all my Arizona fans out here waiting on Kellz. But I got to let y'all know, unfortunately, I'm not gonna be able to perform even though I'm right here in my trailer and I'm ready to go on stage," Kelly states in his video message.
He continued: "But I just got bad news that my management never told me, that they did not give me my money. I haven't gotten no money for doing this show. They told me they had the money, so when I got here, the money wasn't here. So it's nothing personal against my fans. This is business, y'all. And I hope y'all understand. You know, when they get the money up and they are ready to do business and do business correct, R. Kelly will be back here in Arizona to give y'all the best show you ever seen in your life. I love y'all and once again I'm sorry."
Of course the bad news didn't mold over with all fans, some who drove hours to see the R&B hit-maker. Angry event-goers threw plastic chairs at the stage when Kelly's manager made the announcement while others took to social media to voice their disappointment.