Soulja Boy Show Scandal
Soulja Boy was allegedly a no-show to his own gig at the Dothan Civic Center Arena in Dothan, Ala., March 8th – but his manager says the rapper was in Europe and had never been booked for the show.
"Basically that was a bogus show. … Wherever the fault lies, it’s not with Soulja Boy. He would not do that to his fans," Derrick Crooms, Soulja Boy’s manager, told the Dothan Eagle.
The show was booked by promoter Gary Alexander, who told the paper that although he couldn’t go into details about the show, he would "make things right."
Fans waited for three hours before the concert was canceled when Soulja Boy didn’t show up to the 3,144-capacity venue.
Tickets were refunded at the Dothan Civic Center box office March 10th because the department didn’t have the funds available for refunds the night of the show. About 1,000 tickets were refunded, according to the Eagle.
"I’m not sure what happened. All I know is he wasn’t here," the arena’s revenue manager, Cynthia Skipper, told Pollstar. "I don’t think it was the promoter’s fault, and we weren’t involved. It sounds like a [fake] agency or whatever."
Crooms told the paper that "bogus" shows aren’t uncommon with artists.
"They make it bad for other promoters, but you can’t monitor it every day or file a lawsuit in every case," he said.
Alexander didn’t return a phone call from Pollstar requesting comment.