Live Nation cancels Joey Bada$$, Vince Staples & other Irving / Gramercy shows after last week’s shooting at T.I. show
After the shooting that Troy Ave was involved in at the T.I. show at Irving Plaza, Live Nation has canceled all Governors Ball afterparties at Irving Plaza and Gramercy Theater this week. That includes Irving Plaza shows with Joey Bada$$ (6/2), Mac Miller (6/3), and Vince Staples (6/4), and Gramercy Theater's Black Pistol Fire/Acid Dad show on 6/4. Additionally, Gramercy Theatre have canceled Guns N' Roses cover band Appetite for Destruction on June 3 and YG on June 6.
In a statement given to Rolling Stone, Live Nation said:
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. Because these discussions with New York Police Department are ongoing, we will be postponing a few of our upcoming shows.
Governors Ball's statement read, "Due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control, all Irving Plaza and The Gramercy Theatre After Dark shows have been cancelled." GovBall did note that Saturday's Black Pistol Fire show has been moved to Saint Vitus . Doors at 11, and tickets are $5. No word on any of the others.
Joey Bada$$ said the NYPD are to blame (though he since deleted the tweet):
Billboard says that a rep from NYPD denies they were involved, and that questions should be directed to the venue and its owner, Live Nation. "The organization’s decision to cancel the event was in no way influenced by the NYPD," officer Sophia Mason said in an email to Billboard.
Joey also says, "NYC: They cancelled my show tmrw so we gon party. Meet me at 270 Layfatette St (G STAR SOHO LOCATION) @ 4PM TODAY."
Joey will still play the Governors Ball festival on Randall's Island (he's one of the artists we're excited to see), as will a handful of other rappers.