Rapper Boosie BadAzz’s concert in Abilene, Texas has changed venues due to “safety concerns.”
The concert was slated to take place this Friday at the Abilene Convention Center. However, according to Abilene Police, there was a safety concern after the show. The police said they received a tip that gang violence would occur; Boosie’s previous shows have ended in violence.
“One such concert left three people shot and one dead,” the police said in a press release, detailing a previous concert. “It is important to note that the violence did not occur inside the venue, but instead when people were leaving the concert.”
The city cancelled the rental agreement and refunded the host’s rental fees. Now, the show will take place tonight, February 8, at the Expo Center’s “Round Building” in Abilene. The venue said earlier this week that they are discussing security details prior to the show.
“’THE SHOW WILL GO ON’ same great artist. Different Venue. No changes to ticket types or table reservations will be made,” promoter West Texas Entertainment said in a Facebook post. “Let’s show Abilene and its politics what we, “The Element” are all about. We all pay taxes and should be able to enjoy the same privileges at City owned event centers like the rest of Abilene.”
Additionally, the promoter noted that “an anonymous call should not be enough to force a change in venue.”
Boosie will play next in Dallas, Texas on March 22 at Gas Monkey Live! The rapper is currently touring in support of his latest LP, Boosie Blues Cafe. Last year, he also dropped My Favorite Mixtape 2 and Savage Holidays. He is best-known for tracks “Set It Off,” “No Juice,” and “Crazy.” Earlier this year, he dropped “Regardless.”