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Bribed security caused canceled Petty show?

Fans allege that the people charged with safety caused the overcrowded conditions

By Mark C. Brown Jun 12, 2013 4:35PM
Petty theft?Tom Petty's fans were furious when fire marshals shut down his intimate show at a small Los Angeles theater over the weekend due to overcrowding. But according to the L.A. Weekly, neither the band nor the authorities were to blame.

The magazine has had rampant reports of security at the venue taking cash bribes to let extra fans into the super-sold-out show.

While there are only allegations so far (and the theater isn't commenting), the Weekly has on-the-record statements from patrons saying that they witnessed the bribery of the very people who were supposed to make sure no unauthorized persons got in - for obvious reasons, both safety and ethical. Eighty bucks got you in the door, the magazine said.

A perplexed and pissed Petty, who knew the show had not been oversold, promised all fans a refund out of his own pocket -- a classy thing to do given the band did nothing wrong. But the the Weekly's allegations are true, watch for a whole lot of trouble and firings coming out of this.
Jun 12, 2013 10:40PM
They don't make rock stars like him anymore one of my favorite artists of all time
Dylan, Dead and Petty @HHH Metrodome. Petty band Backed up Dylan. One of my favorite concerts.
Jun 12, 2013 8:40PM
I saw him once in Jacksonville, he was Awesome!!!!!!!!!! 

  Some people in the audience down on the floor close to the stage started pushing and shoving each other and needless to say it created a ripple effect and was getting out of hand, so he stopped playing and told the ones involved his fans came to see him play and he would not continue until they started behaving or leave. Needless to say they straightened up and he went on to finish the show. He never got angry he showed a lot of class and I was in awe at the way he handled the situation, A True Southern Gentleman. 
Jun 12, 2013 8:07PM

Petty is an awesome person and I am sure that he will make up this situation to his fans.  He is a person that regardless of where the fault lies his fans deserve a great show!!!   If I were him I would make arrangements for a special show for those that were "kicked out" of the show.  I have enjoyed his music for over 30 years and am sure I will continue to do so...


Jun 12, 2013 7:34PM


Total class on Petty's part and consistent with his entire career to date including his standing up to record labels in the name of fairness.  It took a while for me to warm up to him but I'm now a fan for life.    

Jun 12, 2013 7:22PM
Love Tom Petty! Awesome that he would give refunds to fans.
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