For God’s Sake — He’s Just A Kid That Can Sing!
Bieber Fever has caused another Tween Frenzy.
Police in Sydney, Australia sparked a near riot on Monday after they shut down a concert by Canadian teen singing sensation Justin Bieber over crowd safety fears just hours before the free event was due to start.
The 16-year-old had been scheduled to sing three songs — behind bulletproof glass mind you — in front of the Overseas Passenger Terminal on Channel 7’s Sunrise program in what would have been his only Australian public performance. Chaos nearly ensued when cops pulled the plug on the show after reports of shoving and girls fainting in the audience. The news didn’t sit well with the thousands of Bieber fanatics who had arrived ahead of the show — many of which had been camped out all night.
“Police at the event were concerned for the 4,000 excited people already in attendance with many more anticipated to arrive prior to the start of the performance,” New South Wales police said in a statement. “All those removed from the area have so far suffered only minor injuries and have been treated at the scene.”
Bieber, who later sang one song live on local television, apologized to the fans who had waited to see him perform at his only Australian gig.
“I am so sorry that it got out of control, we don’t want anyone to get hurt. It gets crazy sometimes,” he said.
The “Baby” crooner took to his Twitter page saying: “I love my fans…I love it here in Australia…and I want to sing. I WANT TO MAKE THIS CLEAR…I DONT CANCEL…I WOKE UP THIS MORNING TO THE POLICE CANCELING THE SHOW FOR SAFETY REASONS. I love my fans….and I am just as disappointed as everyone else with the news from this morning. I want to sing for my fans.”
He later added, “I’m beyond grateful…that was incredible. Thank u for such an amazing warm welcome Australia…I told you I wouldnt let you down. Thank U!”
In November, a Long Island, New York, mall was the scene of a similar stampede, which led to charges being filed against the singer’s manager, Scott Braun, after he allegedly failed to send a Tweet to Justin’s fans to difuse the situation.