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Too many fans forces cancellation of Backstreet Boys concert in Spain

October 12, 1997

MADRID, Spain (AP) _ Teen-age fans poured into Madrid’s main streets when the U.S. pop stars Backstreet Boys came to town. So many showed up that the police felt compelled to cancel the group’s concert Sunday.

Hours before the free, open-air concert was to start, police became alarmed when 1,000 teen-age fans gathered in the tiny Mostenses Plaza on the city’s Gran Via shopping thoroughfare. Dozens of young people had spent the night in the area to ensure good viewing spots.

A spokesman for the Madrid police said the concert was canceled for security reasons, given that the square was not equipped to handle such a crowd.

As the afternoon wore on, several thousand more fans turned up but dispersed in disappointment. Four youths were taken to a hospital after fainting, the national news agency EFE reported.

The concert had been organized by the group’s record company, Virgin, and the Spanish department store El Corte Ingles.

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