Tuesday, February 08, 2005

BANGED UP FOR NOT TURNING OUT: Oscar D'Leon, Venezuela's 'devil of salsa' had been booked to do a show in the North of Colombia last week as part of the Barranquilla Carnival, but when the organisers refused to give him any of his fee upfront, he decided not to bother. Not only were the organisers upset, the fans were too and there was a smashing of things by the frustrated audience. Concert organiser Gregorio Rico - who maintains that he had actually paid an advance - decided to bring legal action against D'Leon which, under Colombian law, meant D'Leon had to be arrested to ensure he didn't flee the country. Just imagine: if you got flung into prison for not turning up to play a gig here, Pete Doherty would never be out of jail...

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