WILMINGTON (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — WWAY is reporting that Lil’ Wayne disappointed hundreds of fans at New Hanover High on Sunday October 20th, and he may be developing a reputation.
Lil’ Wayne, whose real name is Dwayne Michael Carter, was supposed to perform as part of the Stop the Violence concert aimed at discouraging youth from using guns to solve problems.
The concert was preceded by controversy after New Hanover County School District, which owns the hall, learned Carter was facing drug charges in Atlanta and gun charges in New York.
It turns out Sunday wasn't the first time Lil’ Wayne was a no-show for a concert in North Carolina. Nearly three weeks ago he was supposed to perform at West Craven High School near New Bern, but he never made it to town.
He did play in Fayetteville the night before he was scheduled to perform in Wilmington this weekend.
Former concert promoter Joe Montanti says unreliable entertainers can be bad for business.
"It's like he's setting a pattern," Montanti said. "Maybe he's trying to be this tough guy rapper but it's going to end up messing up his career. All this negative publicity and nobody's going to want to touch him. He won't be able to get a venue in order to perform in."
The lawyer for the promotion company says his client is considering suing Lil’ Wayne for not performing Sunday night.
Add to the cancellation that the county spent $65,000 in law enforcement and associated expenses despite the no-show of its main headliner.
In a New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office news release, the concert’s costs were included along with notice that 148 deputies were enlisted to work some part of the event that was projected to draw 4,600 people but in actuality had barely 1,000 in attendance.
Sheriff’s office spokesman 1st Sgt. Timothy Fuss said the total concert costs in manpower and equipment took nearly a week to compile because of the work hours by varied personnel involved before, during and after the one-night event.
Sheriff Sid Causey said the manpower costs were only one of the factors involved in the concert preparation and coverage by the department.
Causey said the costs, including overtime, earplugs, meals and bus transportation for some deputies, were justified.
“All of those costs figure in, and it was an expensive event. But as sheriff, from all the intelligence we had from other agencies and what we knew, I had to be prepared for 4,600 people that were going to be there. The safety of young people is very important to me, and I can’t take the chance that at 9 p.m., I’ve got 4,000 people to deal with and I only have enough deputies to take care of 2,000,” he said.