Patti LaBelle was rushed off stage in the middle of a Milwaukee show Saturday night after the venue was hit with a bomb threat.
The moment at the Riverside Theater was captured on video, showing two security guys rush onto the stage grabbing the mic stand from LaBelle, as she was clutching a bouquet of flowers and speaking to the crowd.
A surprised LaBelle is grabbed by her arm, forcing her to drop the bouquet. Another man in black runs from stage right and snatches LaBelle’s other arm.
Hold up. Wait!”
The audience’s laughter turns to confused boos as the men escort LaBelle offstage and the musicians exit as well.
According to a police report released by a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter, authorities evacuated the theater and are investigating the threat.
Another video taken outside the theater shows the patrons waiting on the street for an update on the situation.
The woman taking the video says,
We do not know if we can go back inside to the venue. It would be up to the Riverside Theater if we can go back inside but now everything’s on halt.”
#Milwaukee pic.twitter.com/jBD4MhbnDv— Shane B. Murphy (@shanermurph) December 11, 2022
(Photo, Twitter; via NY Post)