In the wake of last week’s shooting at a T.I. show at New York’s Irving Plaza that left one dead and three others wounded, concert promoter Live Nation has canceled or postponed six upcoming New York shows, including performances by YG, Joey Bada$$ and Mac Miller.
“In light of last week’s tragic event, we are acting with an overabundance of caution and coordinating a going forward strategy with the New York Police Department that may also include a curfew,” a spokesperson for Irving Plaza and Gramercy Theatre tells Rolling Stone. “Because these discussions with New York Police Department are ongoing, we will be postponing a few of our upcoming shows.”
On Wednesday, Joey Bada$$ tweeted, and quickly deleted, that the New York Police Department had canceled his Thursday show at Irving Plaza. But the NYPD has refuted the rapper’s claim and Live Nation’s statement, telling Rolling Stone, “There was no NYPD involvement concerning the cancellation of the show at Irving Plaza slated for Thursday evening.”
The six shows were to be split evenly between Irving Plaza and Gramercy Theatre. Joey Bada$$ was scheduled to play Irving Plaza Thursday night, with Mac Miller set to appear Friday and Vince Staples scheduled for Saturday. At Gramercy, Guns N’ Roses cover band Appetite for Destruction was scheduled for Friday night, with Canadian rock duo Black Pistol Fire appearing Saturday and YG set to perform Monday night.
Reps for Joey Bada$$, Mac Miller, YG and Appetite for Destruction declined to comment. A rep for Vince Staples did not immediately return a request for comment.
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Sources tell Rolling Stone that multiple acts are in negotiations to perform at alternate venues this weekend, with Black Pistol Fire already rescheduling their show.
“We are a rock duo from Texas who just want to play and have a good time,” the group tells Rolling Stone. “We love the Gramercy but are happy to play anywhere and look forward to having our fans come out this Saturday night to Saint Vitus in Brooklyn.”
While four of the six affected acts are hip-hop artists, it appears that the NYPD and Live Nation’s decision was based on who was performing this weekend, regardless of genre. It is unclear if Live Nation will cancel any further shows.
New York rapper Troy Ave was formally charged with attempted murder and criminal possession of a weapon Monday night following the Irving Plaza shooting. The rapper born Roland Collins pleaded not guilty to all charges at a hearing at Manhattan Criminal Court. Troy Ave’s charges could be upgraded if ballistic tests determine his firearm was responsible for the death of his friend and bodyguard Ronald McPhatter.
According to the New York Daily News, the shooting took place after rapper Maino’s set at the Irving Plaza concert. Maino and Troy Ave had reportedly been beefing, and the gunshots occurred in the green room above the stage area, with surveillance video from the incident showing Troy Ave emerging backstage and opening fire.
Troy Ave’s lawyer stressed that the rapper’s actions were in self-defense, as he and McPhatter were first shot by an unnamed assailant. That assailant dropped the gun in the backstage area, the defense said, at which point Troy Ave picked up the weapon and opened fire on the initial shooter.
New York rapper Troy Ave has been arrested in connection with the fatality. Watch the surveillance video here.