Things got a little tense on Saturday night (July 21) when when Color Me Badd vocalist Bryan Abrams inexplicably walked on stage and pushed bandmate Mark Calderon during the band’s signature hit, “I Wanna Sex You Up.” Abrams was arrested after the incident at the Vine at del Lago Casino in Tyre, N.Y., which resulted in Calderon taking a trip to the hospital for treatment of neck and back injuries sustained when he fell on sound equipment after being shoved.
In footage of the scuffle, Calderon can be seen singing the song with two backup dancers when Abrams walks in from backstage as the song is ending, walks up to him and pushes him down hard before walking back off. An eyewitness told TMZ that Abrams was struggling with his voice all night and left the stage at one point out of frustration.
“I was confused,” Calderon told WHEC. “It just happened so fast. Groups have craziness going on but you don’t have to let everyone see it. He was drunk, intoxicated and who knows what else.” He said that Abrams was drunk when the band began their set and “slurred and stumbled through the first and only song he would sing that night” before wandering off stage. “The second song came on and I’m thinking, ‘Where the hell did he go?’ He never came back.”
Calderon said when he finished the show-capping hit, Abrams “blindsided” him, and the next thing he knew he was on the ground. “He’s tried to reach out to me but as of right now, now’s not the time for me to talk to him,” he said, noting that he’s concerned for his longtime bandmate, who he said is an “amazing man, a great person…but when he starts drinking he’s a monster.”
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.
Back in 2016, Abrams talked to Billboard about reuniting with Calderon and his determination to keep his musical career going for as long as possible. “I’m not giving up on this,” he said at the time. “And I’ll be doing it until I’m dead and buried.” Abrams is scheduled to appear in Town of Tyre Court on Aug. 28 to answer to the charge. Calderon said he plans to continue performing with or without Abrams, when CMB is slated to perform at the I Love The 90s Tour in Buffalo on Aug. 11.
A spokesperson for the group could not be reached for comment at press time.
Watch footage of the incident below.