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April 10, 2012

Tempe Venues Are Working With Tempe Police To Create An Artist Blacklist

It was the night of March 2nd that changed everything for show promoters in Arizona. The Nipsey Hussel concert was about to begin when a shooting broke out outside of the Clubhouse.

Some people ran to their cars, others ducked for cover, but 13 innocent people were shot. They didn’t do anything to deserve it, they were just at the wrong place at the wrong time.

UPDATE –  5:07 PM: Clubhouse owner Eugenia Ruven was later arrested for failure to meet a proper security plan and for having several violations on their liquor license. Some people report that underage groups would drink outside of the venue before a show and then proceed to enter the show under the influence. The Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control is running an investigation on this matter.

UPDATE –  5:10 PM: This night has forever changed Arizona’s reputation. Just last Monday, we got reports that the band La Dispute had a piece of equipment (microphone) stolen from them. Several fans that attended the show resorted to their Twitter accounts to express shame and disappointment in the individuals who stole the equipment.

Word is spreading around that Tempe venue owners are now closely working with Tempe police to create an artist blacklist that would deny the presence of the listed talent in any Tempe venue or club.

The criteria for the artists added to the list could include gang affiliation, lyrics in the music, clothing, record label, and more.

It is rumored that this black list already has over 100 names and is growing daily.

Is it really up to Tempe police to decide what artist becomes an outlaw in their own town just because of their music? Should artists really be denied presence over Nipsey Hussel’s audience?

It’s happening right now.

Interestingly enough, this list is only in Tempe but could spread to Scottsdale and Tucson.

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