DAYTON, Ohio - More than 100 people, including a band and lady wearing a costume bear head, showed up at a fake Limp Bizkit concert site minutes after Ohio police ran off an earlier crowd that had gathered in response to an Internet hoax.
Police said the owner of the Sunoco gas station in Dayton, which was to be the venue, wanted his property cleared because people were beginning to block the entrance to his business.
The Sunoco is now closed and the lights have been turned off in an effort to get the crowd to disperse. Approximately 100 people gathered in front of the gas station, while about 50 or so were across the street.
Meantime, several in the crowd can be heard shouting, “We want Fred!” in reference to Fred Durst, former vocalist of the “nu metal” band that was formed in 1994.
Michael Pelaze, a Dayton native who lives in Cincinnati, told WHIO News Center 7 he showed up because “I was hoping something fun would go down.
“I immediately knew it was a joke. It was pretty obvious.” Pelaze said that the Facebook group event promoting the concert was posted this week.
Pelaze said he was hoping people would take advantage of the weird, arbitrary and viral things that happens on the Internet.
There was no way the band was ever going to come to Dayton, Pelaze said. “There is an underground, cultural following still that still loves that band.”
Pelaze said people were driving by, singing song lyrics from their windows of their vehicles.
“It’s fun to see that something so weird can still pick up that steam.”
The Dayton Police Department took to Twitter in response to claims that Limp Bizkit would play an impromptu show in Dayton.
The ads are false, according to police.
BE AWARE: There is NO Limp Bizkit concert Wed. 4/20 at Sunoco station at Keowee St. & Wayne Ave. These ads FALSE. pic.twitter.com/wMo7bYxa9p— Dayton Police Dept. (@DaytonPolice) April 19, 2016
Limp Bizkit also responded to the social event.
The non-event and the fallout from it played out on social media.
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