Sisqó, Dru Hill arrive late, disappoint fans in Darmstadt, Hanau
Stars and Stripes June 3, 2003
DARMSTADT, Germany — Hip Hop artists Sisqó and Dru Hill disappointed American and German fans Saturday by showing up nearly five hours late to their concert in Darmstadt and not making it to Hanau for an autograph session.
Nearly all concertgoers left the venue before the group showed up, other die-hard fans were disappointed after staying until 1:45 a.m. and then hearing them play a couple of songs.
Dru Hill and its front man, Sisqó, were scheduled on stage at the Eissporthalle in Darmstadt at 10 p.m. Saturday. At 11 p.m., promoters said the group would make it to the concert by midnight and explained that the band was getting ready in their hotel room.
Soon after midnight, many fans asked for a refund on their 30-euro advance ticket or 35-euro ticket bought at the door, because the group hadn’t showed up. Money was not refunded and many fans vowed never to listen to the group again.
“I work very hard throughout the week and on the weekends I like to relax and have fun. Instead I have to waste my time and money. Dru Hill was supposed to come to entertain us, but instead they don’t even show up,” said one former fan, Judith Schmidt, who drove from a town outside of Frankfurt for the concert. She said she would never buy any of the group’s CDs again.
When the band finally played, fan Sven Cole, who stayed until after the concert, said it was so bad that he would have turned it off if it were on TV.
There was supposed to be an after party at a Darmstadt nightclub, with a 1,000-euro thong contest in honor of Sisqo, who’s claim to fame is the hit “Thong Song.”
Though the contest went on, club managers and contestants preferred not to even mention the group’s name.
The club’s promoter, Earl Duggins, who escorted the group while in Darmstadt, said Sisqó and Dru Hill didn’t stick to their schedule because they went to an after party in Belgium following their last concert and had stayed up too late partying.
“The group doesn’t drive themselves anywhere. They just sit in a bus and go where they are taken. This was bad communication with the group’s manager. They are the ones that have to make sure the group is where it should be. The group isn’t at fault,” Duggins said.
This concert was already being held to make up for the last concert they missed in Offenbach, near Frankfurt, back in April.