Saudi-Pakistan Investment Forum discusses boosting trade and investment partnerships    Crown Prince concludes MEGISummit: We will work seriously to achieve our goals    EXIM Bank signs MoU with Japanese Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation    Saudi Pavilion at EXPO 2020 marks 76th anniversary of UN establishment    Greece premier praises importance of Middle East Green Initiative Summit    Saudi Arabia calls for restraint, de-escalation in Sudan    Riyadh Season hosts Barcelona and Boca Juniors on Maradona Cup night    Monshaat partners with MITEF Saudi & Arab Startup Competition    HSBC CEO — 2021 set to be first trillion-dollar year for green bonds    Riyadh dominates GCC rankings in human capital    All eyes on Jeddah! World's best golfers set for climax of Aramco Team Series    Crown Prince launches series of regional initiatives for climate action at MEGI Summit Ushering in a new green era for Mideast region    WFP's Beasley lauds Saudi Arabia's role in providing aid to millions around the globe    RedSeaIFF announces best short films by emerging Saudi filmmakers 15 shorts make up New Saudi/New Cinema slate    Pakistan hammer India by 10 wickets to clinch T20 win    Michael Jordan's trainers sell for record $1.47m at auction    China postpones Beijing marathon due to Covid surge    US actor James Michael Tyler dies aged 59    Bride's fingerprint not required in revised e-marriage contract    'Easy On Me': Adele returns to UK number one    'Be a Star' — WWE stars fight cyberbullying in Riyadh    Bollywood superstar's son denied bail in drugs case    Saudis, expats mourn death of prominent Filipino preacher in Riyadh    Bollywood actor Sidharth Shukla dies at 40    Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Directs KSrelief to Urgently Provide Malaysia with Medical, Preventive Equipment and Supplies to Address COVID-19 Pandemic    Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Congratulates President of Maldives on Independence Day    Weather Forecast for Sunday    RSNF Commander Patronizes Ceremonial Launching of His Majesty's Ship "Jazan"    OIC Condemns Houthi Attempts to Target Civilians in Saudi Arabia    Philippines evacuates thousands as monsoon rains flood cities, provinces    Heavy rain in India triggers floods, landslides; at least 125 dead    U.S. Records 64,321 New Infections of Coronavirus    Without Fans, Tokyo Olympics Kicked Off    Pilgrims Perform Dhuhr and Asr Prayers at Arafat Holy Site    Dr. Mohammed Sulaiman Al-Jasser, Saudi Arabia's Pick to Chair IsDB Group for the next five years, unanimously approved by BoG Committee of Procedures    Saudi Press: Fitch affirms Saudi Credit Rating at "A" with a revised outlook to stable from negative    Handled Cargo at Saudi Ports Increases during June 2021    SDAIA, DARP & STC Launch Pilgrim's Smart Bracelet (NUSK)    2 Goals by Diaz Gives Colombia 3rd Place at Copa America    Saudi Cinema Night at Arab World Institute in Paris Kicks Off    KSU Leads Joint International Scientific Project for Early Detection of Breast Cancer    Saudi Arabia to Participate in Cannes Film Festival 2021    Arab Cup U-17 Championship Draw Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Palestine, Kuwait, in the 1st Group    AWI Hosts Saudi Cinema Nights in Paris    Brazil Beats Chile at Copa America Despite 2nd-Half Red Card    Council of Senior Scholars: Muslim Brothers' Group Don't Represent Method of Islam, rather only Follows its Partisan Objectives, Violating our Graceful Religion    Eid Al-Adha Prayer Performed at the Grand Holy Mosque    Pilgrims Perform Dhuhr and Asr Prayers in Arafat Holy Site    

Thank you for reporting!
This image will be automatically disabled when it gets reported by several people.

Singer Abdu promises to ‘make it up' to fans
By Ali Faqandish
Published in The Saudi Gazette on 05 - 08 - 2009

Renowned singer Mohammed Abdu has apologized for the chaotic conclusion to his Jeddah Summer Festival concert the previous night which saw angry fans demanding refunds and backstage confrontations with organizers, and promised to make it up to them with another concert while also blaming the organizers for “not being up to the job”.
“I'll hold a concert for Eid Al-Fitr, this time with all the proper technical and engineering facilities, in which I'll give debuts to new material never heard before and also give some old classics a run out,” Abdu said Monday.
As for the suspension of Sunday night's performance after only the first set, Abdu laid the blame squarely on the organizers.
“The organizer and the contractor were not up to a job such as this which needs detailed preparations for the orchestra, audio engineering and the stage design,” Abdu said.
“We had a group of local musicians supplemented by some Egyptians with whom we've worked for a long time, but suddenly a day before the concert we found ourselves without the Egyptian musicians, so we moved quickly to bring in musicians on a private plane which arrived shortly before the concert was due to begin,” he said.
“The group came straight on stage with musical director Amad Ashour for the first set, and they should have been paid their fees before the beginning of the second as is the custom, but unfortunately the organizer Saud Salim started arguing with Ashour saying they would only be paid after the concert at the hotel which had been reserved for them.”
Abdu said such terms were unacceptable, citing the popular saying: “There's no more cake after the party”.
The singer added that the musicians were surprised at organizer Salim's attitude, and noted the fact that he had the money on him in cash and could have paid the musicians on the spot.
When Salim then reportedly left the site of the event, the musicians took a decision they described as “unprecedented in their whole careers”, to file a police complaint against him seeking payment of their fees.
The two-hour late beginning of the concert and its conclusion after only the first set were only two of Sunday evening's mishaps at Prince Abdullah Al-Faisal Stadium Sports Hall in Jeddah.
Crowds which had begun gathering at the venue gates hours earlier were not permitted entry until 9.30 P.M., despite the concert's scheduled start of 10 P.M., and water was neither allowed to be brought into the hall nor available for purchase inside.
As tensions rose arguments erupted between fans, who had paid between 150 and 1,300 riyals for tickets, and security staff, and there were also confrontations with members of the press community who were being denied access to the performance.

Clic here to read the story from its source.