Lady Gaga’s Hollywood concert prompts concern from LAPD
In the wake of Wednesday evening's near-riot at the premiere of the Electric Daisy film, Los Angeles police and fire officials are bracing for another huge crowd Thursday afternoon when Lady Gaga performs at an outdoor concert in Hollywood.
Lady Gaga is set to appear on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" Thursday afternoon at his studio at Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue. Some 2,000 fans have been permitted to attend the exclusive mini concert that will occur behind the theater, said Los Angeles Fire Department Battalion Chief Mike Bowman.
The area usually accommodates about 1,000 people, but show producers were allowed to remove chain-link fences at either end of the parking lot to accommodate additional fans.
The street behind the theater, Hawthorn Avenue, will be closed between Orange Drive and Highland Avenue for much of the day, according to police.
Fans were already gathering Thursday morning. Her fans, who call themselves "Little Monsters," were discussing the concert on social media. Kimmel was also promoting the event, offering 10 pairs of tickets to those who "tweet something weird." Kimmel has held similar events, including one with Coldplay in 2008.
Dozens of Los Angeles Police will staff lines of officers across each end of the small road that runs behind the famous El Capitan Theatre.
"We are asking people without tickets to stay away from the event," said LAPD Cmdr Andy Smith. "We will have plenty of officers on hand to deal with anyone who acts in an unsafe or unlawful manner."
On Wednesday evening, hundreds of people converged in Hollywood for the premiere of a dance music documentary about the Electric Daisy Carnival. Many may have been responding to a tweet by a popular deejay known as Kaskade, who encouraged fans to join him for a "block party," police and organizers said. Although dozens of fans were detained –- and some threw bottles and other objects -– police only made a couple arrests.
-- Richard Winton and Andrew Blankstein
Photo: Lady Gaga appears at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles in her infamous meat outfit. Credit: Mario Anzuoni / Reuters