Fire Department Shuts Down WASP Show for Being Way Oversold

It’s one thing to sell out a show, but imagine it’s so oversold that the fire department has to get involved? That’s exactly what happened on Saturday night (Nov. 5), when WASP were getting ready for their show in Dallas, Texas, except the fire department had to shut the show down completely.

The concert was scheduled to take place at the Amplified Live venue in Dallas. According to one statement on the band’s website, the venue capacity was nearly 2,000, but an additional 1,200 tickets were sold, which would have been a dangerous situation in the event of a potential emergency. Therefore, the show was later cancelled armored saint and Michael Schenker’s opening performances.

“WASP lead singer Blackie Lawless said, ‘The Dallas Police Department advised us to leave the venue immediately because they said they couldn’t guarantee our safety,'” the page reads. “He went on to say, ‘The promoters didn’t think this band could sell tickets in the US anymore, well that shows the absolute dedication our fan base has here in the US. No return date has been set for this show, but Blackie said: “We’ll definitely be back, you can bet on that.” All attendees will be issued a full and complete refund.”

An earlier statement noted that Fire Marshall told the venue organizer that 600 people would have had to be removed for the show to take place [via BraveWords], and that the band had been on the tour bus waiting to see if the situation could be resolved. A fan-filmed video from inside Amplified Live shows the moment it was announced that the show had been cancelled.

“I don’t want to be here saying this, believe me. I want you to have a good night. Unfortunately, the occupancy has been deemed too high on this particular patio,” said a person on behalf of the venue, resulting ii a negative reaction from the packed crowd. The announcer pleaded with the audience to leave in a peaceful manner and apologized for the situation.

See the clip below.

Guitarist Douglas Blair shared a post about the incident on his Facebook, writing: “So fans wonder why US tour is risky… Beautiful venue, fire code certified to 400, selling out venue by 1700. Dallas City Fire Marshal resigns plug: 1700 fans screwed.”

The WASP 40th Anniversary Tour just kicked off at the end of October, and to the delight of many fans, they performed “Animal (Fuck Like a Beast)” for the first time since 2006. Their next show is set to take place tomorrow night (Nov. 8) in Chesterfield, Mo.

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