Patti LaBelle flees stage to exit theater due to bomb threat

Patti LaBelle was abruptly escorted off stage after just a few songs at her Christmas concert in Milwaukee after a bomb threat forced authorities to evacuate the theater.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that video from the Riverside Theater on Saturday night shows two security officers appearing to interrupt Labelle, 78, as she chats with an audience member. He carried her off the stage. Shortly afterwards, someone announced that almost the entire 2,500-seat theater had to be evacuated due to a bomb threat.

Katherine Brunson, who documented the eviction on Facebook Live, told the newspaper that the eviction occurred at LaBelle’s concert at approximately 9:24 p.m.

“We came out and the police cordoned off the block. … A lot of people were very upset. … It’s scary,” Brunson said.

Scott Pierce, who attended the concert, said everyone exited the theater peacefully, but that it was “sad that someone does this.”

Patti LaBelle In Concert - Atlanta, GA
Singer Patti LaBelle performs onstage at the Fox Theater on October 14, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Milwaukee Police Capt. Warren Allen Jr. said in a statement early Sunday that K9 units searched the theater and found no explosive devices, so there was no threat to the public.

As of Sunday morning, Labelle had not issued a statement on social media about the withdrawal. The operator of the Riverside Theatre, Pabst Theater Group, said it would work with LaBelle to reschedule shows in the future.

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