UPDATE: Here’s the explanation I got from show promoters Level 10 Productions:
“Unfortunately, we got stuck with a case of classic Snoop Dogg. He is notorious for being late,” says Level 10′s Luke Vicente. “We had him scheduled for 11:30 p.m. We did all we could to get him there on time, but his personal entourage made sure it was their way or the highway. Our hands were tied.”
He didn’t hit the stage until 1:25 a.m. (on a Wednesday night, mind you) and then only performed for about 40 minutes.
The show had a start time of 8:30 p.m., and we all know those times on the tickets are never when the show starts — especially at hip-hop shows. But five hours later?!? Isn’t that a little much? Some ticket buyers (who spent between $35 and $50 to get in) were none too happy, some even walked out before Snoop bow-wow-wowed for Fresno.
Here’s a timeline of events sent to us by a Beehive reader:
- 10:25 p.m. — Only a DJ had hit the stage at this point.
- 11:15 p.m. — First act up on stage
- 12 a.m. — Second opening act finishes
- 1:05 a.m. — Restless crowd starts a chant of “f*** this sh**”
- 1:12 a.m. — After lots of booing and people throwing things at the stage, someone comes to the mic and tells the crowd, “Stay with us. An amazing show is coming up.”
- 1:25 a.m. — Snoop hits the stage
- 2:05 a.m. — Snoop finishes his set
I reached out to concert promoter Level 10 Productions both last night and this morning to ask why the delays, but have yet to hear back.
Anybody there last night? Was it as frustrating as it sounds? Was Snoop’s performance — when it finally came — worth the time and money?