Promoters had guaranteed that Lil Wayne would perform well at the Columbia’s Colonial Life Arena as the headliner for the 2nd edition of the Annual Fall Ball. Instead, Lil Wayne, being the 17th-highest paid rapper ($15.5 million, following Snoop Dogg and Nicki Minaj) this year displayed aloofness on Saturday.
Lil Wayne didn’t jump on stage due to his refusal to hit the Colonial Life via the venue’s “recommended safety procedures,” according to a statement by the arena.
“Although we do regret the artist’s resolution not to perform, Colonial Life Arena will not lower its security standards and put in jeopardy the safety of its members of staff, patrons, and performers,” the arena said.
And fans that looked forward to seeing the rapper who initiated Young Money record label may not be refunded.
No refunds provided
Promoters of the concert are not giving refunds, Colonial Life Arena asserted. Venue officials originally stated refunds would be provided by Monday.
“We are discussing with all the promoters and will keep on standing in for the interest of our patrons regarding getting their money back,” the arena said.
The promoters named on concert announcements included Ben Hated LLC and Victory Promotions both of which are Columbia area-based. Listed as a presenter was Columbia radio station, popularly known as WHXT-FM “Hot” 103.9. Every one of the three had nothing posted about the concert on their web-based social networking accounts as of Sunday evening.
All acts except Lil Wayne
Lil Wayne was planned to perform at the Fall Ball performance on Saturday alongside Tory Lanez, 2 Chainz, and Cardi B, whose tune “Bodak Yellow” tops the current week’s Billboard Hot. From posts on social media, about two of the acts mounted the stage to perform at Colonial Life Arena.
Photos were posted by2 Chainz on Instagram of his performance at Columbia. He mounted the stage in a wheelchair following the injury he sustained over the summer.
Cardi B uploaded a short skit of herself backstage, and two different skits of herself onstage. Lil Wayne, who earlier spent eight months in behind bars due to a gun charge in 2010, posted nothing on the accounts of Twitter and Instagram concerning the Columbia show as of late Sunday.