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Statement From Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers Regarding Last Night's Early Conclusion To The Concert At The Fonda Theatre In Los Angeles

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  • June 09, 2013
    Statement From Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers Regarding Last Night's Early Conclusion To The Concert At The Fonda Theatre In Los Angeles

    Statement From Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers Regarding Last Night's Early Conclusion To The Concert At The Fonda Theatre In Los Angeles

    First and foremost, the safety of our fans is our primary concern and the most important consideration. To those fans who attended last night's show at the Fonda Theatre, we are as frustrated as you are!

    While we are still investigating exactly what happened we do know the following as of right now:

    1) The number of tickets sold was NOT above the legal capacity of the building. The venue and Ticketmaster documentation confirms this.

    2) The Fire Marshal decided that the number of people on the floor (as opposed to on the upstairs balcony or terrace) was unsafe.

    Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers and our representatives rely on the concert promoter and venue representatives to give us an accurate breakdown of the legal capacity for every part of the building and to provide security and other staff to enforce this.

    We are still investigating all details of last night's situation and will keep you informed. 

    The shows at the Fonda tonight and Tuesday will go ahead as planned and we are working with the venue, the promoter and the Fire Marshal to ensure that this problem will not repeat itself.

    We thank you for your support.

    - Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers

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Highway Companions's picture
on Sun, 2013-06-09 14:22

Statement From Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers Regarding Last Night's Early Conclusion To The Concert At The Fonda Theatre In Los Angeles

First and foremost, the safety of our fans is our primary concern and the most important consideration. To those fans who attended last night's show at the Fonda Theatre, we are as frustrated as you are!

While we are still investigating exactly what happened we do know the following as of right now:

1) The number of tickets sold was NOT above the legal capacity of the building. The venue and Ticketmaster documentation confirms this.

2) The Fire Marshal decided that the number of people on the floor (as opposed to on the upstairs balcony or terrace) was unsafe.

Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers and our representatives rely on the concert promoter and venue representatives to give us an accurate breakdown of the legal capacity for every part of the building and to provide security and other staff to enforce this.

We are still investigating all details of last night's situation and will keep you informed. 

The shows at the Fonda tonight and Tuesday will go ahead as planned and we are working with the venue, the promoter and the Fire Marshal to ensure that this problem will not repeat itself.

We thank you for your support.

- Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers

Comments

Girl@theHighSchoolDance's picture

The fans are standing by you boys in this!  I hear that incidents like this are becoming commonplace in Los Angeles, and that the city government may be doing things like this to try and squeeze more money out of the clubs.  Don't let them win!  They chose the wrong band to mess with!  We're with you, Tom!

sedonawagner's picture

This wasn't Tom's first show there. The venue organizers should have had this figured out by now. Definitely no fault of Tom and the band. But all of us Highway Companion Club members who went out of our way to buy these tickets for last night should be compensated with a re-do show, at the least.

mortgageguy's picture

Compensation is definitely due from the venue for the Saturday night debacle.  Having driven 350 miles to see this show, and being a loyal TP fan of many years, it leaves a bitter taste to get 2/3 of a show with an abrupt ending.  The band & mgmt are not directly at fault for the fire marshal situation, but I feel like nobody stepped up to solve the problem when it could have been solved.  I find it tragic to hear that all that had to happen was to move some people from the floor to the balcony and the show could have been completed.  I was standing toward the rear of the floow and I would have been happy to move to the balcony if it meant saving the show.  The Fonda mgmt & security staff could have made this happen but they stood around  and did nothing til the FM pulled the plug.  I feel cheated!

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