The fallout from the shooting at T.I.‘s Irving Plaza show continues.
In the wake of the violence that erupted backstage at the hip-hop concert last week, concert promotion giant Live Nation has pulled the plug on several hip-hop shows that were slated to be taking place in New York City. Shows scheduled for Irving Plaza and Gramercy Theatre have been pulled; among them rap acts Joey Bada$$, Mac Miller, Vince Staples, and YG. Guns N’ Roses cover band Appetite For Destruction’s Gramercy show was also cancelled and duo Black Pistol Fire changed venues following their show’s cancellation.
Despite reports to the contrary, a rep for the NYPD told HipHopDX that the police had nothing to do with these cancellations. The organization’s decision to cancel the event was in no way influenced by the NYPD,” the rep stated. Joey Bada$$ had previously indicated in a since-deleted tweet that the NYPD was responsible for nixing his show.
“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 told Rolling Stone. “Because these discussions with New York Police Department are ongoing, we will be postponing a few of our upcoming shows.”
Brooklyn rapper Troy Ave has been charged with attempted murder and criminal possession of a weapon following the Irving Plaza shooting that left his associate Ronald “Banga” McPhatter dead and three wounded. Troy pleaded not guilty to all charges at a hearing at Manhattan Criminal Court this week.