Recently, a concert by Drake at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York was interrupted when a fan fell from the mezzanine balcony into the crowd below. The concert, which was the second of two intimate shows sponsored by SiriusXM, was being attended by Insider.
Approximately an hour and a half into the performance, Drake welcomed his collaborator 21 Savage to the stage for a series of duets. However, before the duo could begin, a man fell from the second floor into the middle of the orchestra pit.
A crew member immediately rushed forward and spoke to the rappers, who then left the stage. Drake reassured the audience by saying, “Just gotta make sure somebody’s OK.”
As a result of the incident, the venue’s lights were turned on and security guards could be seen running through the crowd toward the spot where the man had landed. The fall also dislodged a light fixture, which was subsequently removed. Cords hanging over the side of the balcony were also secured by a crew member.
After approximately 15 minutes, the venue announced that no one had been injured by the incident. A man said over the loudspeaker, “Everybody is absolutely OK. They are being checked on. Nobody’s hurt. But I got even better news for you: We’re at the Apollo so the show must go on.”
Following the announcement, Drake and 21 Savage returned to the stage to perform songs from their 2022 joint album, “Her Loss.” Drake acknowledged the incident by saying, “Let’s just make some noise that everybody’s OK,” and added, “I feel like they had to wait like 10 minutes, we should go up a little more.”
Before his final song, “Legend,” Drake also thanked his fans for their high energy throughout the night. He said, “This crowd is an absolute 10 out of 10. I’m so happy with tonight. We apologize for the delays and all that shit, but thank you,” calling it “an evening of gratitude.”
Drake also shared his personal experience of performing at the Apollo Theater, saying “I used to come up here and my heart used to beat out of my chest. I used to be the side of the stage hoping some bad shit would happen like a fucking fire alarm would go off,” he continued. “I used to dread performing ’cause I just never really understood how it was just like, me on one side and all of you on the other side.”
However, he added that “But it’s nights like these that let me know I have the greatest job in the world and I feel like you, again, give me the confidence to know after all these years, after all the nos that we’ve heard, after all the doors that slammed in our face, it’s this exact group right here that lets me know that I’m exactly where I need to fucking be,” he concluded.
Representatives for SiriusXM and Apollo Theater did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
In conclusion, the concert was halted temporarily due to an unfortunate incident where a fan fell from the mezzanine balcony into the crowd below. The venue made sure that everyone was safe and the concert resumed after 15 minutes.
Drake also took time to thank his fans for their high energy throughout the night and shared his personal experience of performing at the Apollo Theater.
the concert by Drake at the Apollo Theater was halted briefly when a fan fell from the mezzanine balcony into the crowd below. The venue ensured that no one was injured and the concert resumed after 15 minutes.
Drake took time to thank his fans for their support and shared his personal experience of performing at the Apollo Theater, calling it the greatest job in the world.
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