Hip Hop 101 announced earlier this morning that KRS-One will no longer be performing at today's Throwback Earth Day Jam. Here is an official statement from a rep for the performer:
Hip Hop artist and activist, KRS One, demonstrates incredible restraint after overzealous fan throws bottle at a New Haven, CT nightclub, striking the icon in the face and fracturing his right hand. By doctor’s orders, all performance and lecture dates have been postponed until after May 1, 2008.
In the midst of an intense, multi-city mission in support of the Stop the Violence Movement, KRS One has been visiting some of the nation’s roughest neighborhoods, spreading his message of nonviolence to those who need to hear it most. [...] His New Haven, CT stop brought him to the Toad’s Place nightclub where his true Stop the Violence message was tested.
Standing firm on his platform of peace, KRS One calmed the crowd and security staff, which came to his defense after a fan lost control of himself, lashing out in anger by throwing a bottle in the direction of the stage. After being struck in the face and hand and still holding the microphone, the legendary performer pleaded, “Let it go. Let it go. When negativity comes your way, let it go. Let this be an example as to how we stop the violence.” Amazingly, the veteran emcee finished the last 15 minutes of his set as his right hand swelled to painful proportions, and he was rushed to Yale-New Haven hospital in an ambulance and treated for a fractured hand as well as dehydration [...]
Doctor Jeff Midgley of Yale-New Haven Hospital instructed the performer to postpone all previously scheduled commitments until he rehydrates and his fractured hand heals. A longtime fan, and hospital staffer, Deirdre Gill, told KRS, “Over the years, you’ve instructed us to take care of ourselves, now it’s time to take care of yourself. Get some rest.”
A disappointed KRS One sincerely apologizes.
UPDATE: One blogger who was at the KRS-One show last night writes, "I was at tha concert and KRS didnt loose his cool at all the story gets it right on. It was a heinekin bottle that the asshole threw. I dont understand why people pay to see someone...A legend even and do something like that. Its just stupid man."