On Saturday night (July 7), the Avett Brothers canceled their sold-out show at McMenamins Edgefield in Troutdale, Ore. after a man passed through security with a gun.
According to a statement on the band’s website, an individual going through the metal detector at the security check was found to be carrying a gun. A security officer informed the individual about the venue’s no-firearm policy. The individual then stated that he was an out-of-state police officer and showed the security guard a badge. The security guard instructed the man to wait for the manager to confirm his entry. However, the individual ignored instructions, entering the venue and disappearing into the sizable audience.
The security teams for both the Avett Brothers and the venue conducted an exhaustive search but were unable to find the individual.
The Avett Brothers, led by Scott and Seth Avett, noted that having to cancel the show was unfortunate but stressed that keeping their fans safe is the first priority.
“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,” the band wrote in their statement. “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.”
Avett Brothers cellist Joe Kwon took to social media to address fans.
“Y’all I’m so sorry about tonight. I hope you understand. People can be really idiotic,” Kwon wrote on Twitter. “I love to be on that stage to play for you all, so it’s a crushing blow to be sitting side stage waiting to walk on just to be called back. Much love to you all. Be safe. Good night.”
Y’all I’m so sorry about tonight. I hope you understand. People can be really idiotic. I love to be on that stage to play for you all, so it’s a crushing blow to be sitting side stage waiting to walk on just to be called back. Much love to you all. Be safe. Good night.
— Joe Kwon (권요셉) (@joekwon80) July 8, 2018
The Oregonian reports that the venue originally announced that sound issues were the reason for the cancellation.
Ticket holders are being asked to hold on to their original tickets while the venue works to reschedule the event. Refunds for the tickets are also available at the point of purchase.