B5 Concert Shuts Mall

At least nine people sustained minor injuries when some female fans stormed the stage during a November 12th free concert by boy band B5 at a Minnesota mall.

The Brookdale Center was closed for a couple of hours following the melee. Four people were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Five others were treated at the scene. No arrests were made, according to police.

The crowd of up to 2,500, mostly girls between 10 and 17 years old, were there for the local Radio Disney-sponsored event, billed as Jingle Jam, with Everlife in the opening slot.

B5 had finished one song when smitten fans suddenly rushed the stage and tried to grab the five brothers from Atlanta. The group made it out relatively unscathed aside from some torn clothing.

Ten mall security guards assigned to the concert and radio station personnel were reportedly swamped.

“Things were falling off the stage, girls were falling off the stage, girls started fighting,” said Theresa Curtis, a clerk at a store located near the stage.

About 70 officers from the surrounding area responded to the ruckus and were able to clear out and secure the center within 45 minutes. It was reopened later that evening.

B5 released its Bad Boy Records debut, All I Do, this summer, along with landing a slot on Black Entertainment Television’s “Scream Tour IV.”