Update (6/2/16): According the NYPD, Live Nation is responsible for canceling six upcoming concerts featuring Joey BadA$$, Mac Miller, YG, and more.
The shows were to be held at Gramercy Theatre and Irving Plaza where last week’s tragic shooting took place. A spokesperson for the venues reached out to Rolling Stone stating, “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.”
Hopefully, Live Nation will find a better solution than canceling concerts for the sake of innocent rap fans.
We all saw it coming, but now it’s official. In the wake of last week’s shooting at T.I.’s Irving Plaza show and Troy Ave having the book thrown at him, the NYPD has officially cancelled Joey Badass’ show at the New York City venue.
The Brooklyn rapper was scheduled to play as a part of the Governors Ball’s “After Dark” series tomorrow, June 2, but the NYPD’s wilding isn’t slowing Badmon down:
It’s cool to see Joey turn lemons into lemonade, but this kind of cancellation is the ripple the hip-hop community has been dreading since last Wednesday. Rumors are circulating that the NYPD pulled the plug because of Joey’s tenuous relationship with Troy Ave, but it’s on the venue to search everyone that comes in, not Joey just for being himself.
Not only will rap shows become harder to book than they already were, what about other shows coming in the next few weeks? Mac Miller and Vince Staples are both playing Irving as well this Friday (June 3) and Saturday (June 4), respectively, so does that mean their shows are on the chopping block, too? What about Aesop Rock’s show on Monday, June 13?
New York’s live music climate is drying up.