Tom Petty Show Gets Shut Down By Fire Marshals
Tom Petty's Saturday night show at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles was shut down by fire marshals.
The gig, part of a six-show residency at the 1,300 seat venue drew a sell-out crowd, which fire marshals attempted to thin out by not letting patrons return who had left to get drinks or go to the bathroom.
Petty then requested that 100 fans on the floor level move up to the balcony to avoid having the fire marshals shut down the event. However, the marshals canceled the show after this request, with fans booing and howling at Petty and his Heartbreakers.
After the event, Petty took to Twitter to apologize to his fans and to explain that, while he was not responsible for the cancellation, he would refund his fans directly out of his own pocket for the show's shut-down: "If it has to come out of my own pocket everyone will get reimbursed."
Petty's team added: "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."
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