Bracing for Lady Gaga in Hollywood

She'll appear on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" and perform at a mini-concert (about 2,000 fans) in back of the ABC studio at Hollywood and Highland. This would be tricky under any circumstances, but it comes just a day after a near-riot broke out at the premiere of a documentary on the Electric Daisy Carnival. From the LAT:

Fans were already gathering Thursday morning. Her fans, who call themselves "Little Monsters," were discussing the concert on social media. Kimmel was also promoting the event, offering 10 pairs of tickets to those who "tweet something weird." Kimmel has held similar events, including one with Coldplay in 2008. Dozens of Los Angeles Police will staff lines of officers across each end of the small road that runs behind the famous El Capitan Theatre. "We are asking people without tickets to stay away from the event," said LAPD Cmdr Andy Smith. "We will have plenty of officers on hand to deal with anyone who acts in an unsafe or unlawful manner."

Last night was quite the scene, according to the LA Weekly's Dennis Romero, who details the fracas - apparently the result of an inadvertent tweet that had DJ Kaskade doing a free open-air show outside the theater (see all the fun stuff I get to do when Kevin is away?). Anyway, Romero picks it up:

People -- ravers? -- showed up in droves for the event, and by 7 p.m., Capt. Matt Blake told us reporters at the scene, cops got a call from the theater complaining of an unruly crowd outside. The show, then, didn't go on, and as cops showed up to disperse the crowd -- about 800 strong -- some folks went apeshit, fought in the street, and jumped on top of at least three police cars.


A stubborn crowd of ravers, which also included some seemingly trapped-and-innocent tourists, set up camp at Sycamore Avenue and Hollywood and wouldn't budge. Some took to the street, stood on top of skateboards and took cellphone video of the cops that by then had them surrounded. Witness Richard Harris who helps run a nearby Hostel told the Weekly that he saw crowd members throwing rocks and bottles. "They (crowd members) beat the snot out of one kid on the street," he said.

Here's a sampler of the action.

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