Updated: Dec 12, 2022
Chaos erupted at Riverside Theater in Milwaukee during Patti LaBelle’s performance Saturday (Dec. 10) night. The 78-year-old singer was rushed off stage during her show after the venue was hit by a bomb threat. After a confusing moment, the audience is evacuated, and the danger is investigated.
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The unsettling moment was captured on camera, revealing two men (bodyguards) rushing onto the stage and grabbing the mic stand from the “Stir It Up” artist as she clutched a bouquet while speaking to the crowd. As one of the men tried to grab her by the arm, forcing her to drop the bouquet, LaBelle shouted: “Hold up, Wait! Another man ran from the stage and snatched her free arm, taking her off the stage.
A confused audience, who initially thought it to be a funny moment, soon started to panic as the legendary singer of taken away from the stage. After this, authorities evacuated the audience from the theater.
Some people stayed outside, while some left for their homes. People expressed their disappointment after the concert got canceled. One fan wrote, “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.” Others were just wondering if they could make it back to the concert. However, the theater was utterly shut down amid the bomb threat.
No bomb was found, and it could be possible that it was a false alert. Nevertheless, a significant police presence blocked off streets near the theater. The investigation is still going on, nothing is clear yet, and the story is developing.