Patti LaBelle was forced off the stage at her Milwaukee concert after a bomb threat forced authorities to evacuate the theater.
The 78-year-old singer performed her Christmas concert at the Riverside Theater on Saturday (December 10).
Catherine Brunson, who documented the evacuation on Facebook Live, said so Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that the evacuation was two songs after LaBelle’s concert at approximately 9:24 p.m.
“We came out and the police had the block taped up. A whole lot of people were pretty upset. It’s scary,” Brunson said.
Scott Pierce, who also attended the concert, said everyone left the theater calmly, but added that it’s “just sad that someone would do something like that.”
Milwaukee Police Captain Warren Allen Jr. said in a statement Sunday (Dec. 11) that K9 units searched the theater and no explosive devices were discovered, so there was no threat to the public.
LaBelle has yet to issue a statement on the incident.
The singer began her career in the early 1960s as the lead singer and frontwoman of the vocal group Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles.
In a career spanning seven decades, LaBelle has sold more than 50 million records worldwide.
She has been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, Hollywood Walk of Fame, Black Music and Entertainment Walk of Fame, and Apollo Theater Hall of Fame.
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LaBelle was also recorded by Rolling Stones on their list of the 100 Greatest Singers and is known for her vocal power, range and emotional delivery.
LaBelle is currently touring the US and has 11 upcoming concerts.
Additional reporting by agencies
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