Quebec: Another Concert Ends up in a Riot; Worst Riots in Music History

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By Sounak Mukhopadhyay | August 19, 2013 5:43 PM EST

Over 200 people got involved in a riot after they had refused to move off a Blainville park, which is about 40 km from the northern part of Montreal. They had come to attend a rock concert the previous night, where Les Trois, an alternative rock band, played. 

The mob of 200 is accused of flipping one cruiser over as well as setting the same on fire. About 18, which included around 12 minors, were arrested by the police.

The locality of Blainville is generally considered quite a peaceful place otherwise. However, it was nothing of the kind that night. The car was set on fire, while many rioters threw bottles as well as other items at police officers.

This is not the first incident in the history, when a riot was associated with a musical concert. Here are the worst riots in music history:

2010 - Bogota

The sold out Metallica show left hundreds of fans without tickets. The desperate fans tried to get in while they broke windows and threw stones. About 160 boisterous fans were arrested by the riot police, whereas eight were injured, which included four officers.

1992 - Montreal

The 1992 concert had Metallica as the opening band. Metallica's performance had to be cut short as James Hetfield got injured in a pyrotechnic accident. On the other hand, Axl complained of sore throat. Therefore, Guns N' Roses had to leave the stage before completing their set. Fans ravaged the streets, overturned cars to set them on fire. Riots happened.

1949 - New York

The concert included Paul Robeson, who was also a political activist of the civil rights. There were 20,000 people who attended his concert at Peekskill. The concert also had iconic musical figures like Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie. Angry locals targeted the concert audience after the concert was over. Concertgoers were dragged off their cars, racially abused and hurt by stones. The riot injured at least 140 people, which caused strong repercussions regarding the inactive police force which, in a way, encouraged violence and racism.

1913 - Paris

Even though this riot is associated with a musical concert, the reason behind the same was something different. Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, along with Nijinsky's ballet involving fertility dance were enough to pull the fans into frenzy. Fistfights started and the police had to be called even before the concert reached its intermission.

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