HAYWARD, California -— Blues, rock, and soul musician Lester Chambers was attacked during a performance in Hayward over the weekend after he dedicated a song to slain Florida teenager Trayvon Martin. A woman has been arrested in the attack.
According to witnesses, during a performance at the Hayward Russell City Blues Festival on Saturday, Chambers dedicated Curtis Mayfield’s “People Get Ready” to Martin. While he sung, a woman leapt onto the stage and attacked the 73-year-old singer. Several band members and fans tackled the woman and made a citizen’s arrest.
Chambers was taken to the hospital. He suffered bruises on his ribs and all over his body and is forced to walk with a cane.
At their Petaluma home, Chambers and his son Dylan shuddered as they watched video of the attack.
“It’s beyond fathomable that happened to my father, a legend, someone so powerful for peace,” Dylan Chambers told KPIX 5.
Lester Chambers recalled the attack. “I saw anger and for the short time I did see her she just came, ‘You m—f——, you started this.’ Boom! And I was down,” he said.
The co-founder of the 1960s band The Chambers Brothers said he was singing about love and peace, as a tribute to Martin. He had just told the audience why he chose Mayfield’s “People Get Ready.”
“(Mayfield) sang ‘People get ready, there’s a train a coming.’ And if he was here today singing it, he would prefer probably that we would say, ‘People get ready there’s a change a coming,’” Lester Chambers told KPIX 5.
Officers said 43-year-old suspect Dinalynn Andrews-Potter of Barstow refused to speak to police. She was cited and released.
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