By: Troy Frisby
Legendary singer-songwriter Tom Petty’s on-stage persona doesn’t exactly scream party animal, which makes the news that his concert was shut down early last night all the more surprising.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the sold-out performance was cut short when fire marshals arrived, first barring new concertgoers from entering Fonda Theatre in L.A., where the show took place, before forcing the band to end the show.
In an official statement, the band expressed their frustration with the situation. Though they insisted that the show’s ticket sales were within the legal capacity for the Fonda Theatre, where the show was interrupted, they added that the fire marshal made the decision that the amount of people on the floor while the band was playing was unsafe.
Petty tweeted about the incident, apologizing to fans who attended the abbreviated show. Keyboardist Benmont Tench did the same, writing, “So sorry y'all we were as surprised & bummed as you were."
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers were already scheduled to play at the Fonda Theatre on June 10 and 11, and the band assured fans that the shows will go ahead as planned.
For details on upcoming Tom Petty tour dates, check out his official page here.