Mark Calderon literally didn't know what hit him. The Color Me Badd singer was wrapping up a show by his vocal group at the Vine at del Lago Casino in Tyre, N.Y. on Saturday night (July 21) when he was "blindsided" by longtime bandmate (and high school friend) Bryan Abrams, effectively ending the concert, resulting in Abram's arrest and, it seems, causing a major rift in their three-decade relationship.
The duo had been touring nonstop for the past three years performing their melodic pop tunes, and while Calderon tells Billboard they've had their share of issues over the years -- "it's like any other family, you have your disagreements, you go through things" -- nothing like this had ever happened to them onstage. Video of the incident posted by a fan shows Calderon wrapping up the gig by singing their signature hit, "I Wanna Sex You Up," along with two dancers, when Abrams charged in from the side of the stage, pushed the singer down and then left again.
A report on the incident from the Seneca County Sheriff's Office noted that officers responded to a call from the casino on Sunday morning and arrested Abrams, 48, for attempted assault in the third degree, a class B misdemeanor. The report confirmed that Abrams shoved a "fellow band member on stage causing him to fall into some sound equipment on the floor. The victim was transported by North Seneca Ambulance to Geneva General Hospital where he was treated and released for neck and back pain." Abrams was arraigned and jailed on $2,000 bond; it was unclear at press time if he had posted the bail.