Boston Pops Beat Down

Last night I got a phone call from my sister Alicia. She played backup for Ben Folds last night with the pops. The set list was:

Zak and Sara
Not the Same

This performance was unlike the typical Pops show. Halfway through the program, there was a scream from the Audience. Something was wrong… but our man Kieth Lockhart kept the music going. A few moments later, more screaming… this time with all sorts of shuffling. What was going on?!?!

The Drama is Documented here.

But what really happened?

Well, my inside source (alicia) has informed me that Perpetrator #1 (let’s call him RudeDude) was on a cell phone during the performance. Perpetrator #2 (let’s call him JusticeLeague) did not approve of this improper behavior. So he tapped the guy on the shoulder and told him to Cut it out. RudeDude did not cut it out.

So JusticeLeague decided to go inform the authorities. He did just that. He got up, and tried to get an usher to kick this guy out.

He returned a few seconds later, without an usher. RudeDude was still on the phone.

JusticeLeague slapped him across the head with his pamphlet. RudeDude did not like this, so he punched the guy in the stomach twice.

At this moment, a woman (let’s call her LadyDistress) let out a scream. Kieth Lockhart looked up into the crowds, but kept the music going.

Shortly thereafter, LadyDistress screamed again. This time a full fledged brawl had broken out between RudeDude and JusticeLeague. One of the two men even lost his shirt in the fiasco. In all the fury and mayhem, Kieth Lockhart stopped the music and waited for the disorder to end.

Afterwards, my sister was talking to a few of the older Pops members. One of them pointed out that this is exactly what happens when you bring “this type of music” into Symphony Hall.

12 thoughts on “Boston Pops Beat Down

  • 5/10/2007 at 12:36 pm

    Those loud kids and their loud Ben Folds, with the African-derived tribal drum beats and the flashing lights, instills nothing but savage fighting and sexual promiscuity among the youth!

  • 5/10/2007 at 1:43 pm

    I was there, and let me tell you, the show was amazing.

    However, I thought the “distraction” was merely a joke or ploy that Ben Folds had staged for the show. Oh well!

  • 5/10/2007 at 2:06 pm

    She played backup for Ben Folds?!L#@#?#@?#@$ (&#@^$Y

  • 5/10/2007 at 2:24 pm

    Yeah, my sister is a Rockstar. Us DiDonato’s. We know how to Rock.

  • 5/10/2007 at 2:39 pm

    Tell me you did NOT just ms paint a Joey Gladstone catchphrase….

    how rude!

  • 5/10/2007 at 3:14 pm

    More evidence for the bannination of cell phones at public events.

    Solution: Each section has a bucket that you deposit your phones into. In order to get it back, they dial the number you give them, and you get the phone that rang (and the caller ID verifies it). Coat-check for the 21st century.

  • 5/10/2007 at 4:01 pm

    sup all,
    actually, RudeDude was just talking to his girlfriend, not on a cell phone, according to my sources. But, check this out! Now I learned he punched JusticeLeague IN THE FACE!!!

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  • 5/10/2007 at 6:12 pm

    I looked for your name in the program and nothing! Totally gipped!

    But wasn’t there a flute breakout moment in there? Did my eyes and ears deceive me?

    Seriously, my favorite part was “Boston Rocks This Bitch Orchestrally!” and the little jewish lady behind us saying “oh, i love that ben folds. I’m going to go home and download all his music.” (Its best if you use your best jewish grandmother accent for this. If you don’t have one, perhaps we can get tyler to record his for you)

  • 5/10/2007 at 11:07 pm

    Yeah, I’m just a sub, I’m never in the program :(
    But I did rock out on the floot.


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