Bouncers Bribed? Security Blamed For Tom Petty Concert Shut-Down
Last week Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers kicked off a six-night stint at the Fonda, giving fans a chance to see the perennial favorite in a much smaller venue than he usually plays.
That is, unless you went on Saturday night, when the fire marshal pulled the plug in the middle of the show. The reason? Overcrowding -- and folks were pissed.
In a statement released after the show, Petty's folks insist that the number of tickets sold did not exceed the capacity of the building.
To those fans who attended last night's show at the Fonda Theatre, we are as frustrated as you are!
L.A. Times critic Randall Roberts reported that mid-way through the show, Petty told the crowd he'd been informed that 100 or so people either had to go up to the balcony, or leave the concert. When no one did either, during the song "Melinda," Petty announced that the show was over.
So, what happened? In the aftermath, many people are pointing the finger at the Fonda. A big problem, they say, is that a number of people bribed their way in.
One concert-goer we spoke with, who asked to remain anonymous, says she bought a ticket ahead of time, but her husband couldn't get one. After getting in the long will-call line (in hopes that extra tickets would be released), the husband asked a woman scanning tickets how long their wait might be. The Fonda staffer then offered him entry without any ticket at all -- for $80 cash. He agreed.
In a post on the Fonda's Facebook page, meanwhile, a man named K.C. Douglas says he witnessed hordes of fans get into the sold-out show at the last minute. "I watched as staff sold $80 entrances to a walk-up line that was at least 50+ strong. All of them got into a show where tickets were unavailable online dating back to a few minutes after they were put on sale in March."