UPDATE: City News Service reports that the Roxy cancelled the Future concert scheduled for last night and that Future announced it would be held at the House of Blues at 10 p.m. instead. That performance also was cancelled after an altercation in the crowd outside the theatre. In a Twitter post Future promised he would return to L.A.
More than 10 patrol cars and as many as 20 Sheriff’s deputies, some armed with stun guns, have shut down Sunset Boulevard from Doheny to San Vicente today while several hundred people wait on the sidewalk in front of the Roxy to get wristbands that will let them attend a concert by the rapper Future at that rock venue tonight.
WEHOville was alerted to the shutdown around noon today. As of publication, Sunset is still closed to traffic. This is the second closing of Sunset Boulevard in recent days. Last Friday Sunset also was closed between Hammond and Doheny while deputies investigated a suspicious package that a caller thought might contain an explosive. The device actually was a portable blood pressure monitor.
Future’s appearance at the Roxy wasn’t announced on that venue’s website or Facebook page. But news of the appearance went viral on Twitter, with fans looking to obtain one of the rumored 300 to 500 wristbands required for admission.
Callers to WEHOville complained about the traffic shutdown and the number of armed deputies and squad cars on the street, given the peaceful nature of the crowd waiting for wristbands. In addition to those from the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station, at least two officers from the Beverly Hills Police Department were present.