On Wednesday night, a Rascal Flatts concert came to an end suddenly and the band’s security team pushed them off the stage during a performance at the Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center close to Indianapolis.
In a statement, the band said: “due to a security concern at the show last night,” they had to be ushered off the stage and everyone had to leave the building as well.
According to their statement, the safety of their fans, band, and crew is of the utmost importance to them, so they did what they had to ensure everyone was alright.
A representative for the band made no more comments. At the time, fans in the crowd were confused when the country band got off the stage, without notice.
During the show, an announcement stated that everyone present in the venue had to evacuate the 24,000 capacity building. Britni Sherlock, one of the women in attendance, said that they had to wait in the pavilion and then the security came out and said they should leave.
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According to one concertgoer, after the band finished one of their tracks, “Banjo,” they did what the crowd believed was a fake “goodnight,” followed by an encore.
But it ended up being authentic, and instantaneously the security team moved the band off of the stage. This comes after the Avett Brothers canceled one of their concerts because a man supposedly brought a gun into the venue.
As you may now, country music, as a genre, including its swath of fans throughout the United States, have been on edge ever since the shooting at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival that left approximately 58 people dead, and hundreds more injured. It was the worst mass shooting in the history of the United States, and it reignited debates surrounding gun control once again.