Violence erupted outside a Red Hot Chili Peppers show in Newark, New Jersey, last Saturday (May 5th), according to local media reports. MyFoxNY.comreported that a group of teenagers -- described as "thugs" -- descended upon the large crowd exiting the Prudential Center after the Peppers had finished their show, eventually robbing and assaulting five concertgoers.
Newark Police Director Samuel DeMaio said that the band of 10 or 15 attackers targeted three teenagers and two adults. One of the adults, a 23-year old Pennsylvania man, suffered a fractured eye socket. No arrests were made even though there was a large crowd and a sizable police presence at the venue.
The show was the second of a two-night stand for the Chili Peppers at the venue. The band dedicated the first night's (Friday, May 4th) concert to the memory of late Beastie Boys member Adam "MCA" Yauch, who died earlier that day.
The Chili Peppers and Beastie Boys were both inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last month.
The Chili Peppers are currently on the road behind their 10th studio album, I'm With You, and next stop on Friday night (May 11th) in Philadelphia.