Fire Marshall Shuts Down Tom Petty Show In Hollywood


Ever since it started a few weeks back, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers' 2013 tour has been going incredibly well. The run hit its first major snag last night in the middle of the band's Fonda Theatre residency in Hollywood, CA; when Petty was forced to end the show early thanks to an angry fire marshall according to a report from Rolling Stone.

As Rolling Stone reports, Petty took to the mic after completing a cover of "Friend Of The Devil" by the Grateful Dead 15 songs into the Heartbreakers' main set and mentioned he had been called over to the side of the stage by the fire marshall and informed that the floor was 100 people over capacity. He then asked with a smirk if anyone would voluntarily leave and went on to perform "Melinda." After "Melinda" the legendary rocker announced "we're being told we have to go" and abruptly left the stage with his band. Considering most shows on the run average 22 songs, so fans missed out on approximately six tunes.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers issued the following statement:

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

Here's the setlist from last night's Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' show in Hollywood:

Watch this clip of Petty warning the crowd about the angry fire marshall:

The crowd reacts as Petty and his band abruptly leave the stage:

Remaining Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers Tour Dates

  • 06/09/13 Sun The Fonda Theatre Los Angeles, CA
  • 06/11/13 Tue The Fonda Theatre Los Angeles, CA
  • 06/13/13-06/16/13 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival Manchester, TN
  • 06/15/13 Sat Klipsch Music Center Noblesville, IN
  • 06/18/13 Tue Budweiser Gardens London, ON
  • 06/20/13 Thu Consol Energy Center Pittsburgh, PA
  • 06/21/13-06/23/13 Firefly Music Festival Dover, DE
  • 06/23/13 Sun Saratoga Performing Arts Center Saratoga Springs, NY
  • 06/28/13 Fri Marcus Amphitheater Milwaukee, WI
  • 06/29/13 Sat Target Center Minneapolis, MN

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