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Tom Petty L.A. Show Cut Short by Fire Marshal

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Don't do him like that!

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers were pretty psyched to play an intimate gig Saturday night at Los Angeles' Fonda Theatre. Only, much to their chagrin, the classic rockers were forced to end the concert midway through after the fire marshal ruled the venue unsafe.

Talk about a heartbreaker!

According to Rolling Stone, after covering the Grateful Dead gem "Friend of the Devil" about 90 minutes into their set, Petty told the audience he had just been informed by the fire marshal that the venue was over capacity by 100 people, and the rocker half-jokingly requested for a hundred fans to head upstairs or leave. 

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He then launched into a spirited take on the band's song "Melinda" before dropping the bad news. 

"We're being told we have to go," the 62-year-old frontman told the crowd.

And with that, the band abruptly exited the stage and the house lights came up, prompting a chorus of boos.

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Petty and the Heartbreakers subsequently issued a statement on their website Sunday saying they were investigating what happened.

"First and foremost, the safety of our fans is our primary concern and the most important consideration," said the group. "To those fans who attended last night's show at the Fonda Theatre, we are as frustrated as you are!"

The Heartbreakers cited documentation from Ticketmaster and the venue confirming that the number of tickets sold was not above the legal capacity of the building. 

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They also noted that the fire marshal had issues with the number of people on the floor, rather than upstairs in the balcony, and they're working on sorting out the situation.

"The shows at the Fonda tonight and Tuesday will go ahead as planned and we are working with the venue, the promoter and the fire marshal to ensure that this problem will not repeat itself," said the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers. "We thank you for your support."

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