Why can't we be friends?
That's the question Latin funk band War probably asked, when their Saturday night headlining slot at KISS-FM's Old School Fiesta, held at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, ended early, due to numerous fights and six reported stabbings.
As first reported by Bay City News, the concert–which also featured Lakeside, Triniere, Brenton Wood, and El Chicano–was marred by an unruly crowd nearly from its inception. Witnesses reported that several large groups egged each other on, challenging each other to brawls. Police arrived about an hour and a half into the show, at about 6:30 p.m., but left soon thereafter, as the melees appeared to be contained. Whoops. More fights broke out at the evening continued; the stabbings were reported around 9:30 p.m., and War's set was cut short about 45 minutes later, as the house lights came on. Interestingly, some Internet commentators contradicted police reports, saying that police never actually entered the venue where the fights were occurring, but let venue staff break up the fisticuffs. No arrests were made, and the victims were transported to the hospital.
ASD isn't sure what the world is coming to when what should have been a mellow concert with a bill which seemed more likely to provoke nostalgia than stabbings goes sour, but it just goes to show you that violence can happen anywhere, even when least expected.