R. Kelly fans were swindled over the weekend when they showed up to see the R&B artist in concert and got an an impersonator instead. Fans had purchased tickets online for up to $150 for what was supposed to be an "All Black Affair" birthday extravaganza Saturday night at the Monroe Civic Center.
According to concertgoers, advertising online through Ticketmaster said the event was for a live performance by R&B crooner R. Kelly. However, when fans arrived at the center, he was nowhere to be found. “We was scammed because 10 o'clock we was there, no R. Kelly. 11 o'clock no R. Kelly, 12 o'clock no R. Kelly, 12:45 no R. Kelly. 1 o'clock here comes an impersonator [sic]," one angry concert goer told CBS affiliate KNOE.
Fans also took to Facebook to express their outrage. “I also bought my tickets through ticket master and it clearly stated concert. Along with a table for four that cost over 500 dollars also stated the table came with two bottles of your choice wine only got one waitress never returned with the second bottle just want a refund because that the most ridiculous concert I ever experienced did I mention drove an hour to get their an motel fee think we all deserve our money back [sic],” said Mae Blackmon.
“It was pathetic to say the least!!!the guy was covered up like he didn't want to even b seen!!!i was expecting a decent suit this guy was dressed as a thug!! [sic]” wrote another unhappy audience member.
According to concertgoers, to add insult to injury, the impersonator was on stage for just a few minutes -- and he didn't even sing; he lip-synched.
Entertainer Cedric Johnson, who was promoting the event, said he would be giving refunds to those scammed. “I’m sorry. I got duped,” he said. When asked by KNOE 8 News if the performer was in fact R. Kelly, Johnson declined to comment.