U2 Gig Evacuated and Cancelled Because of “Security Threat”

A U2 show in Stockholm was evacuated and cancelled Sunday night because of a bomb threat. There was some kind of security breach that saw a guy with a gun get into the arena after someone believed him when he said he was an off-duty policeman. The dude actually showed the gun to a guy at the door. He was carrying it in a fanny pack–as an off-duty policeman would, of course. Duh.

A bunch of fans had already been let in, but after someone figured out that it was a bad idea to let a guy with a gun into the area, they closed the doors. The bomb squad was called in and cops spent the night looking under seats for anything suspicious.

At 10:30, all the fans that had made it in were told to go home. The show has been rescheduled for tomorrow.

Here’s the statement from the band’s official website:


Due to a security breach, Stockholm’s The Globen evacuated the audience from the building this evening.

As the breach has not been resolved quickly and as audience safety is paramount, the police have advised The Globen and Live Nation that they have no option but to postpone tonight’s show, to a rescheduled date of Tuesday 22nd September.

All tickets from Sunday 20th September are valid for Tuesday 22nd September.

The organizers apologize for the inconvenience caused and thank the audience for their understanding. Their safety is the priority.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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