Mexican Musicians Killed After Encore Refused
Grenade, bullets fly after bar owner pulls plug
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 19, 2011 4:00 AM CST
Updated Jan 19, 2011 6:14 AM CST
La Banda Excelencia de Jonathan Martinez onstage in Guadalajara.   (YouTube)

(Newser) – Furious audience members killed two members of a band in Mexico after being told the music had to stop. The band—faced with demands for more from a group of drunk, aggressive audience members—had already played one encore at the Guadalajara bar before the owner pulled the plug long after closing time, the New York Daily News reports.

One of the instigators threw a grenade at the stage after the music stopped. The band fled for the exit but musicians were met with a hail of bullets that killed two of them, including 22-year-old bandleader Jonathan Martinez. Police believe the attackers were connected to drug gangs, but they have little to go on, as nobody was able to provide details about the shooters' getaway vehicle. (In other troubling Mexico-related news, rape allegations against a famed pop star are rattling the country.)

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jjdoe
Apr 16, 2014 11:16 PM CDT
NPR had a story about these bands, a few weeks ago. Cartels and gangs pay them well - but they don't get to say no! I hope I've never played in a place that had guns or knives. But a HAND GRENADE??? I've never even been booed!
Ultraworld
May 28, 2012 4:01 PM CDT
Such a peace loving people. You should vacation there if you want to see the 3rd world.
dhinds
Jan 20, 2011 9:08 PM CST
I'm in Guadalajara and I know of no Vida Divina Bar (nor is one listed in the Yellow Pages). Either it doesn't exist or it's a small establishment located in a poor, violent part of town. This supposed incident wasn't mentioned in evening or morning news, either.