Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers have announced that they will offer refunds to attendees of Saturday night’s shortened gig at the Fonda. Petty’s set, one of six at the 1,300-capacity venue, was shut down early after fire marshals deemed the room overcrowded.
In a statement released Tuesday night after the band’s final gig of the residency, Petty representatives apologized. “The satisfaction of fans is of paramount importance to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and the band shares the frustration of the fans in attendance that evening who deserved to experience the entire performance.”
Petty offered his own apology for the incident between songs during Sunday's set. "I was up all night talking about this," he said. "I don't really like to assign blame when I get into an argument with people, so I'm not gonna do that." He paused for a beat, then added dryly, "But it wasn't me."
He continued: "But let's just say that I'm absolutely sure that we're going to the end of the show tonight. And if I have to pay it myself, everyone from last night will be reimbursed for their entire ticket."
He lived up to his word, and made it through the set. On Tuesday's final night, Petty delivered the final one, which started, like each of the six, with the Byrds' "So You Wanna Be a Rock 'n' Roll Star" before spinning off in another deep-cut focused direction. One of the early highlights was a searing rendition of the blues classic "Baby Please Don't Go," which featured a mid-song, Petty-spoken mini-narrative about a lover, a train and regret.
Full refunds for the June 8 show are available at the point of purchase, and Ticketmaster has agreed to refund all incurred fees. Those wanting their money back must make the request before Sept. 10, 2013, and provide proof of purchase. Fans who bought tickets at the Fonda on the night of show must provide the original ticket stub and redeem it at the venue beginning Wednesday morning. For more details, visit Petty’s official website.
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