Milwaukee, Wisconsin – Patti LaBelle was abruptly rushed off stage Saturday night two songs into her Christmas concert after a bomb threat.
Two security officers interrupted Patti LaBelle and rushed her off stage at the Riverside Theater.
“Wait!” LaBelle shouted as the security officers rushed the 78-year-old off stage.
My love goes out to you Patti Labelle. You tried to make it such a loving and joyful holiday and someone had to ruin it for you #pattilabelle #Milwaukee #riversidetheatre #threat pic.twitter.com/VBRqANgA3D
— Sunshine ⁷ 🌻 (@sunny_seokkie) December 11, 2022
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported:
A Christmas concert with Patti LaBelle at Milwaukee’s Riverside Theater came to a sudden and shocking end Saturday night, after a bomb threat forced the R&B legend to leave the stage mid-show and the near-capacity audience to evacuate the theater.
“Regarding the bomb threat in the 100 block of W. Wisconsin, all patrons have been safely evacuated,” Milwaukee Police Capt. Warren E. Allen Jr. said in an email statement Saturday night around 10:30 p.m. “Police are clearing the facility at this time. The investigation is fluid and ongoing.”
In an additional statement issued at 1:13 a.m. Sunday, Allen wrote: “The building was searched by K9 units. No explosive devices were discovered. There is no threat to the public at this time.”
Video taken from the Riverside Saturday shows the 78-year-old LaBelle chatting with an audience member who was celebrating her 70th birthday, and receiving a bouquet of flowers from another fan in the front row, when two men, seemingly her security personnel, briskly walked up to LaBelle at the microphone.