Star Embarrassed By Slacking Promoter
POP STAR TOM PETTY was performing Sunday night in the fourth of a six-night engagement at the Fonda Theater in Hollywood. But the fire marshal observing the public gathering found that the venue had more than the allowed number of patrons on the main floor of the small theater that seats just 1,300.
So the FM stopped the concert and had Petty address the crowd and give them the opportunity to have 100 people volunteer to go up to the balcony for the rest of the show. But that was asking too much of the "me" generation and nobody was willing "take one" for the good of the cause.
With that lack of cooperation, Petty and his band strode off the stage and left the grumpy crowd milling around, still refusing to leave.
The performer issued this statement later that night:
"To those fans who attended last night's show at the Fonda Theatre, we are as frustrated as you are," read the statement. "While we are still investigating exactly what happened we do know the following as of right now the number of tickets sold was NOT above the legal capacity of the building. The venue and Ticketmaster documentation confirms this. The Fire Marshal decided that the number of people on the floor (as opposed to on the upstairs balcony or terrace) was unsafe."
The band's team also noted that they rely on the concert promoter and venue representatives to give an accurate breakdown of the legal capacity for every part of the building and to provide security and other staff to enforce this.
Read the account of what happened HERE.
Hat tip: Mark D.