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Following the fatal shooting at New York City’s Irving Plaza during a T.I. show last week, Live Nation has canceled or postponed six upcoming concerts. All six concerts were scheduled to take place between Friday and Monday at Irving Plaza or its sister venue, Gramercy Theatre.
Four of the six canceled shows are rappers, while the other two are rock bands with references to guns in their names. Joey Bada$$ was meant to perform at Irving Plaza on Thursday evening, followed by Mac Miller on Friday and Vince Staples on Saturday. All three concerts were part of the Governors Ball After Dark series of post-festival parties, as was Black Pistol Fire’s Saturday show at Gramercy. That show has been moved to Saint Vitus Bar. A Guns N’ Roses cover band called Appetite for Destruction was also scheduled for Friday at Gramercy, with YG originally set for Monday.
“In light of last week’s tragic event, we are acting with an overabundance of caution and coordinating a going forward strategy with the New York Police Department that may also include a curfew,” said an Irving Plaza and Gramercy Theatre spokesperson to Rolling Stone. “Because these discussions with New York Police Department are ongoing, we will be postponing a few of our upcoming shows.”
However, the NYPD told RS they weren’t actually involved in the cancelation decisions. “There was no NYPD involvement concerning the cancellation of the show at Irving Plaza slated for Thursday evening,” the agency said in a statement.
Interestingly, most shows ran as scheduled at both venues in the week since the shooting. Bands like The Summer Set and Before You Exit were allowed to perform at Gramercy, which also held a taping of the podcast Doug Loves Movies. Rebelution will also play their scheduled show on Tuesday. Irving Plaza, meanwhile, will host Train’s performance of Led Zeppelin II tonight without interruption. In other words, if you aren’t a rapper and don’t have a gun related name, then Live Nation is cool with you playing their venues.
In the case of the shooting during T.I.’s concert, rapper Troy Ave has officially been charged with attempted murder and criminal possession of a weapon. If ballistics match his firearm to the bullet that killed his bodyguard, Ronald “B$B Banga” McPhatter, the charges could be upgraded. According to DNAinfo New York, a gun found in the car that took Troy Ave to the hospital following the shooting has already been matched to the bullet that killed McPhatter.
As reported by the New York Daily News, the shooting took place in the Irving Plaza green room following a set by Maino. Maino and Troy Ave got into an altercation, and someone opened fire. Surveillance footage shows Troy Ave appearing backstage and firing a gun. However, his lawyers say his actions were in self-defense, saying someone else had shot Troy Ave and McPhatter before dropping his weapon, which the former picked up to return fire. The supposed initial shooter remains unnamed.