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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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    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

msdemeanor's picture

Perhaps speaking 'out of turn' 'cuz I wasn't there, honestly, as much of a DRAG saturday night's show finale had to have been, at least it didn't end tragically which coulda sucked a whole lot more. (Thanks for keeping it positive.)

ugotlucky_1's picture

Tom, I know it's not your fault, but it was a major dissapointment having the show stopped by LAFD.   Doesn't your management oversee what the venue is doing by overselling tickets?  Why didn't your manager stop it?   I also flew in from out of state.   I was a special event for my daughter & I to see the June 8th show.  I paid hard earned money to see you perform a full set, then get screwed over like this!   It was my daughter's first time seeing you & she wanted to see the band play her favorite song "American Girl".   All fans who were there Saturday night deserve full compensation!!!.  I know your're not going to do a special show for those of us who got kicked out due to the venue's stupidity, but it would have been nice if you did one.   This was my 12th TP & The  Heartbreakers concert since 1979, I'll see you again in the future, Hopefully the fire marshal will not stop another show.   Please come to Phoenix, AZ is do a show.  

iamagoodgirl's picture

Better yet come to London, 2 tickets, 3rd row! Ugotlucky1 or 2!

sunchaser33's picture

During Sunday nights show Tom Petty told the crowd point blank "I will make sure everyone is re-imbursed for the Saturday show even if I have to pay it out of my own pocket." That's called integrity.  #tompettyismyhero.

dolstein's picture

Petty's a class act.  However, as someone who was at Saturday's show, I'd much rather have the opportunity to attend a future small venue performance than a refund. 

toddgimbert's picture

Extra long on tuseday night ;)

rigma345's picture

If you weren't there please don't comment. We know for a fact that there were at least 6 songs that were not played based on the set lists retrieved from the stage. That's more than 20 min. We're talking 30-40. Running down a dream, Carrie, Refugee, Listen to her heart, were some on the list that we missed. I flew in from out of state, got off work, and got 2/3 of a show. Imagine being kicked out of a movie after 2/3 of it or a great ball game. Please don't tell me I will wind up on the winning end of this...especially when it didn't happen to you.

cobainsbrain's picture

Thank you.  Seems a lot of people want to comment who were not there.  It was oversold.  I really dont care what Ticketmaster/Live Nation or the Fonda management says.  It was packed with little room to move on the floor. There were witnesses seeing people walk up and purchase tickets to a Sold Out Show.  What did Tom's Management expect TM/LN or the Fonda to say?  They will never admit to breaking the law.  Geez

danaew's picture

Tom Petty just announced at tonights show (Sunday 6-9) from a text from a friend that is there now...That everyone at last nights show (6-8) will be reimbursed. 

kbaykal's picture

I think it is safe to say most would prefer a chance to see a future show instead of a refund.


Tom, hoping we can have the option for (non lottery) of future LA or next tour show instead of a refund as it was difficultt to get the tickets (let alone other logistics) and would prefer to have invite to see you next tour rather than refund.

sunchaser33's picture

I am a Saturday show premium ticket holder and I agree with this!!! Giving the option of tickets to another show or refund would probably be most fair.  I would choose to see them again!

tepfan's picture

Wow!  That does really stink.  I flew out from NY for Thursday nights show, and I would have been so upset if that happened Thursday.  However, on Thursday the band came on at 9 also, and they were done barely after 11.  I know people who were at other shows at the Fonda last week and they followed the same timeline.  You guys missed 20 minutes, hardly 1/3 of the show.  And if you end up getting vouchers, or they redo the show, consider yourselves on the winning end of this unfortunate situation.  Sounds like Tom and boys may end up being the real losers here.  Again, I'm glad this was not an issue on Thursday!  See you guys next week in Tennessee!

tepfan's picture

This was only an attempt to make you guys feel better.  And apparently I missed the mark.  In no way was I trying to discredit your feelings od disappointment, which I completely understand.

dolstein's picture

I flew out from NY on Saturday for the show.  While I suppose a refund is better than nothing, it doesn't make up for all the travel costs, which were pretty substantial.  I'd much rather get some kind of voucher I can use to attend a future club show than get a refund, and I suspect many other people who attended to show would prefer that too.

 

jaygort_2's picture

Wow, talk about a Heartbreaker.  Last nights show will be one of, if not thee, most memorable concerts I have ever attended.  From the ultimate high of seeing Tom & The Heartbreakers in such an intimate setting and having them perform at the absolute top of their game to then be sent to the depths of hell when the LA Fire Marshal called for the abrupt, bitter and gut wrenching ending.  My heart bleeds for all my fellow fans in attendance, I share in your grief.  To Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, thank you for the performance of a lifetime.  To The Fonda Theatre and the LAFD, shame on you for ending it as you did, it is simply unacceptabe.

perryj's picture

I was lucky enough to see five of the Fillmore house band shows when they played there on the twenty run show. On one of the night when Tom was signing you don’t know how I fill. The guy in front of me sprayed Pepper spray all over everyone. Well the show stopped till we could get the guy out to his jail cell and the show went on. I was their last night the band came on at 9:05pm and the show was over at 10:45pm my favorite song was "Friend of the Devil" by Robert Hunter Happy to be a fan club member.

dianna's picture

great news!  just like to add that seems rather strange that the lapd and lafd were enroute prior to show starting because of overcrowding.  glad to hear the show goes on!!!  lots of happy fans tonight!  

john263461's picture

First of all, I love TP and all he stands for.  Huge fan but I do think the person who handles his Twitter/Instagram accounts should realize that posting a set list for last night's show with burn marks on it as an attempt at humor missed the mark. It immediately brought back memories of the Station nightclub fire in Rhode Island that killed hundreds.  Tom's home was destroyed by arson and he has gone on record as saying that nothing scares him more than fire and he won't even mention the word in a song.  Yes, I understand there was no fire but I just don't see the humor in it.

dianna's picture

Oh!  I loved it!  Shot to hell and ripped off!!!!!!!  Rock N Roll!!!!!  check this out....http://youtu.be/Ngxsdx2AB20 wish I would have been there for all the excitement!  I miss everything....hahaha!

laurarami's picture

Thank you for your statement Tom.  Looking very foward to your concert tonight! 

grubbulac's picture

This is all on the venue. I was making my way to the floor (I had a GA floor ticket) and as I was digging for my ticket, the securtiy guy just waived me on through not taking the time to actually check if I had the proper credential to be down there. Anybody who wanted to be down on the floor just walked right in. It's more than unfortunate as many people traveled a long way at considerable expense to see this show. Shame on The Fonda. I thought Timothy did an excellent job handling the angry fallout that ensued.

Looking forward to tonight and hoping Tom and the band pull out some extra special gems for a show that is sure to have more true fans and less "posers" like last night.

 

ajlawless's picture

poser ?!  really ?!!    wow...

 

kcpandhp's picture

 As a long time Petty fan  (25 plus years) I am no "poser". Because I chose to go to Saturday's show versus another night does not mean I am any less of a fan. I resent your smug attitude. Fortunately for you, you get a do over. For others, we do not.

grubbulac's picture

I wasn't talking about you or the hundreds of other true blue long time fans who were there. It was obvious that it being Saturday night in Hollywood, there were a lot of people there to be "seen". If you were in the back like I was there was non stop blabbering during the songs and while Tom was talking to the crowd. Very disrepectful to the artists and the true fans like you and me. I flew a long way for this show and having a bunch of drunken, yapping, texting idiots not paying attention was beyond annoying.

shansen4's picture

Remember we could only buy the day we were chosen for the lottery. We had to go the day we won.

john263461's picture

I certainly feel sorry for all those in attendance.  I can imagine the frustration of having a show come to a sudden end 2/3rds the way though.  This one is interesting because it seems to have been caused by human error as opposed to human nature.  Shows have been cut short before.  Atlanta was delayed 1 hour on the 2006 tour due to electrical problems by a thunderstorm earlier in the day and was forced to end at the 11pm curfew so only half the set list was played.  Indianapolis was cut short by a thunderstorm as well with Tom stating "I got to get you guys out of here, sorry".  No refunds are given for that.  Concerts have been cut short due to illness by artists all the time. Somebody screwed up on this one.  I don't think refunds will be given nor do I think they will add another show to make up for this.  My guess is the apology is going to be it but I think a fair thing would be, since the new album is coming out next year and I am sure a tour with a LA date will be on it, to give a voucher for that.   

ajlawless's picture

this isn't the first concert held there, how the venue allowed this to happen is total BS.  we jumped through all the hoops to get tickets to this show, the cost associated, drive 2 hours to LA, gas, hotel room, dinner (all was TOTALLY worth it to see the band at this intimate venue, and such a rare opportunity)... been looking foward to this for months...  SO dissapointed  SO not cool. 

mchokie's picture

how early did it end?

sedonawagner's picture

About 2/3 of the way, according to the set list Tom posted on his Twitter

shansen4's picture

Love you Tom!! The Fonda needs to make sure GA balcony goes to balcony & no one allowed on GA floor without the proper wristband! More security can fix this. Can't wait to see you Tuesday!! xoxo

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