This past Saturday (Oct. 26) R. Kelly was scheduled to appear at the Monroe Civic Center in Monroe, Louisiana. However, according to attendees, the individual who showed up fasionably late for the event was not R. Kelly at all.
The event in question is Ced's All Black Affair R. Kelly Black Panties Promo, which was set up by promoter Ced Johnson and billed as a "birthday extravaganza" where R. Kelly would also be performing. Concertgoers purchased tickets from Ticketmaster at varying rates. Some paid $35, while a woman who appeared on local television station KNOE and asked to remain anonymous states she paid $150 for her tickets.
R. Kelly was scheduled to perform at 10 p.m., but he did not appear onstage until 1 a.m. that evening. Fans claim he lip-synched one song and then abruptly left. Some believe it was an impersonator and are now demanding a refund from concert promoter Ced Johnson. After initially texting KNOE that he would offer refunds, Johnson is now denying the claim. According to his Facebook event, Johnson says a statement will be released soon on what actually occurred Saturday night.
A representative of R. Kelly contacted Pitchfork and confirmed that he was at the event. They also clarified that he was billed as making an "appearance" and not actually performing for the night.