Abbotsford – Southern rockers and members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Lynyrd Skynyrd, are on their retirement tour. The Canadian leg includes BTO/Guess Who legend Randy Bachman as the opening act.
Overall the concert received rave reviews, but there was some controversy. Through the years that concerts have been booked at the Abbotsford Centre, concerns about security have always been an issue. Now many artists don’t want video or pictures taken during their performances. Many others don’t care. There has been constant criticism over crown control.
Bachman actually stopped his set (during “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet”) to tell security to “take the night off” so that fans could dance in the aisles and into be pinned down in their seats. With tickets prices in the hundreds of dollars, one can understand Bachman’s frustration.
David Stewart posted to Facebook:
Tonight Randy Bachman had to stop playing mid song, to call out security. He told your floor security to stop working for the night because they were making it too difficult for people to dance… Are you getting the message yet! If the artist has to stop playing because of your security you need to look into some serious changes. Floor security at this venue has been a growing problem for a long time now. I watched them outright ruin the energy of Meat Loafs concert there and have heard many people say they refuse to ever go to another concert at this venue because of the security on the floor. Many people have wrote in and complained over the years and nothing has been done. If you wont listen to the people I hope you will at least listen to Bachman.
Video Courtesy Kevin MacDonald/KAM Productions:
Meghann Coughlan Hernández sent video to FVN of the other side of stopping the show. Someone in the audience was in distress when Lynyrd Skynyrd was performing “Simple Man”.
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