There were a number of musicians and singers who wanted to perform some sort of free concert, during the Baltimore uprising that occurred right after the death of Baltimore resident Freddie Gray.
Prince held a Freddie Gray benefit concert that was able to raise money for various nonprofit organizations in the city. But there was one singer in particular who attempted to put on a concert, and even protest with the city’s residents, but was kept from doing so.
According to the Baltimore Sun, Rihanna got in touch with the city’s higher-ups, wanting to put on a free concert for residents, as well as participate in the protests. In some emails that went back and forth, a conversation was outlined about Rihanna’s request.
“Rihanna wants to walk with the protesters as well as perform a free concert,” the officer wrote, adding that she would be arriving by plane and, in an effort to divert press and media, she would be traveling to the city by train or car. “He stated that they had hoped to secure some extra police security and was directed by the governor’s office to seek assistance through Communications,” the emails went on to detail.
The concert was going to be held at Penn and North avenues, but Rihanna was unable to perform. Although there was no reason given as to why a permit wasn’t granted, one could assume it was because of the extra security from Baltimore police that would be needed.