Due to a bomb threat, a Patti LaBelle concert at the Riverside Theater in Milwaukee was abruptly cut short on Saturday night, according to the event’s organisers.
LaBelle was captured on camera on social media yelling, “Wait!” as three people abruptly moved her mic stand and led her off stage. Audience members can be heard in the video wondering, “What happened?” as band members rush behind her.
According to a statement from the concert’s promoter, Pabst Theater Group, “Tonight’s Patti LaBelle show at the Riverside Theater has been postponed following a bomb threat investigated by the Milwaukee Police Department.”
Who is Patti LaBelle?
Patti LaBelle is an American singer and songwriter who has been active in the music industry for over five decades. Born Patricia Louise Holte on May 24, 1944, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, LaBelle grew up in a musical family and began singing at a young age. She first gained recognition as the lead singer of the vocal group, Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles, which was later renamed Labelle.
Throughout her career, LaBelle has released many successful albums and singles, including Lady Marmalade and New Attitude. She has also been the recipient of several prestigious awards, including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and the World Music Legends Award for Lifetime Achievement. In addition to her successful music career, LaBelle has also ventured into acting, appearing in films and television shows such as A Soldier’s Story and Out All Night.
Aside from her professional accomplishments, LaBelle is also known for her philanthropic efforts. She is an advocate for HIV/AIDS awareness and has worked with several organizations to raise funds for research and treatment. She is also a strong supporter of education and often speaks out about the importance of investing in the youth.
Despite facing numerous challenges and setbacks throughout her life, LaBelle has remained an enduring force in the music industry. Her powerful voice and unique style have earned her the admiration of fans and peers alike, and she continues to inspire and entertain audiences around the world.
Today, LaBelle is considered one of the greatest singers of all time, and her contributions to music have solidified her place in history.
LaBelle’s three sisters all died at young ages. Vivian Hogan Rogers, the eldest sister, passed away from lung cancer in October 1975 at the age of 43. Seven years later, in October 1982, her elder sister Barbara Holte Purifoy died from complications of colon cancer at the age of 40.
In July 1989, three months before her father’s death, LaBelle lost her youngest sister, Jacqueline Jackie Holte-Padgett, to brain cancer at the age of 43. LaBelle dedicated her 1991 Burnin’ album and her famous rendition of the song Wind Beneath My Wings during her concert tour in 1991–92 to Padgett.
The singer was deeply affected by the loss of her sisters and parents and wrote in her autobiography that she feared she wouldn’t make it to 50. Once she reached that age, she felt that her life “had just begun.”
A year later, LaBelle was diagnosed with diabetes and became a spokesperson for several organizations dedicated to fighting the disease. She has homes in the Philadelphia suburb of Wynnewood and condos in Los Angeles and in Eleuthera, the Bahamas.
According to celebritynetworth.com, her estimated net worth is $60 million.