Maybe it was the proverbial “good guy with a gun”? The Edgefield venue, located in Troutdale, Oregon, was cleared Saturday night (July 7) after a man with a gun, stopped at entry, still proceeded into the venue.
By Blurt Staff
A further sign of these fraught times was demonstrated this weekend when the Avett Brothers had to cancel their Oregon show shortly before it was scheduled to start. The band posted a statement on their website that detailed how a person who presented a badge and identified himself as a police officer (not from Oregon) was stopped at the security entrance because he had a gun, then subsequently proceeded into the crowd while the security team discussed what to do; he could not be located after that, so the band was informed and they decided they had no choice but to cancel the show.
The band posted the following explanation:
This evening, during the admission process at our show at the Edgefield McMenamins in Troutdale, Oregon, an individual passing through the metal detector was found to be carrying a gun. When confronted by the security guard and informed of the no-firearm policy of the venue, the individual stated that he was an out-of-state police officer and showed a badge. The security guard then asked the individual to wait for the manager so his entry could be confirmed. The individual disregarded her instructions and ventured immediately into the size-able audience. After an exhaustive search of the venue by the security staff of both the band and the venue, the individual was not located.
Due to the obvious threat posed by someone in the audience with a firearm, regardless of his (unconfirmed) claim of being a member of law enforcement, we were obligated, for the safety of everyone present, to cancel the performance.
It was unfortunate that such action had to be taken, but we have no regret in being in a position to make a decision which helps to keep our fans safe.
We look forward to making this performance up at the earliest possible juncture. Once the details are sorted for this, we will get the word out immediately.
Thank you for your understanding in this matter, and much love to you all for the continued support, love, and consideration…
The Avett Brothers