Most Surreal Undercover Operation: Whiplash Bash
"We rented the venue to someone who put on a fetish event called 'Whiplash Bash.' About 350 people from all over the world paid $50 each. They all came dressed in leather and fetish attire. There was a fashion show and booths with photographers and people selling fetish items. An undercover sting was taking place with the SDPD. They had two undercover officers present. One was a female officer with high heels and a leather leash attached to a collar around the neck of a male officer, who was dressed with an all-leather-and-spiked outfit. Toward the end of the show, the event was raided by several plain-clothed police officers who issued citations to two female patrons - one for having her breasts exposed and the other for engaging in sexual contact with another patron. 4th & B ended up closing for a two-week period as a result."
Scariest Moment: Super Bowl Party, Tony Yayo
"The Super Bowl party was in January 2003, when the Raiders played the Buccaneers in San Diego. 50 Cent was the biggest name playing. People rushed the back entrance. Some people who appeared to be in his entourage pulled automatic weapons to try to get into the club and VIP area. When they couldn't get in they started throwing bottles at those who were inside. Fights erupted. SDPD surrounded the venue with 75 officers with riot sticks. They closed down the street and had helicopters flying overhead.
"Another scary moment was during gangster rapper Tony Yayo's show. Yayo was a member of the Crips. SDPD told me [after the fact] that San Diego is more of a Blood city. 50 Cent came onstage flashing his signs and wearing his colors. We had an all-out riot, and some patrons were hurt. The bar staff were scared, some to the point of crying. Some hid behind their bars. It was an ugly scene that cost Wayne Reynolds [in-house urban promoter] his job."
Shortest Performance: Big Pun
Crosby, Stills & Nash, Kenny Loggins, Ringo Starr, the Doobie Brothers
Stupidest/Weirdest Customer Complaint:
"The person who wanted their money back after the show because it was too loud...or the one who wanted me to stop the show to find the person who pushed them....
"Another good one was when a woman and her friend stole somebody's seats. When [the original occupants] returned, they asked the woman and her friend to move. The woman called for management, and I came over and told her to relinquish the seats.
" 'Then I want my money back,' she said.
" 'Let me see your tickets,' I replied. She showed me the tickets, and I saw they were comped. So I told her, 'Okay, no problem, just return these tickets to your point of purchase.'
"That seemed to satisfy her."