Portland Concert by Sabrina Carpenter Called Off Due to ‘Security Threat’

Sabrina Carpenter had to cancel her show at Portland, Oregon’s Keller Auditorium on Monday because of a “credible threat.” The 23-year-old “Nonsense” singer was supposed to perform at the Crystal Ballroom, but the venue was changed to the Keller Auditorium to make room for more people. The show’s promoter, AEG Presents, and Carpenter’s team sent fans home just minutes before Carpenter was supposed to take the stage because of a bomb threat, according to Lieutenant Nathan Sheppard of the Portland Police Bureau.

According to Shephard, “Employees of the Crystal Ballroom called after receiving a phone call from an unknown individual claiming they were going to detonate the venue.” AEG Presents confirmed that the concert at Keller Auditorium was canceled “out of an abundance of caution” in response to the credible threat received by Crystal Ballroom. Due to the threat, Portland police conducted extra patrols around both venues, with Shephard confirming that “nothing blew up.”

“While the threat was not directed at Keller Auditorium specifically, Sabrina and event organizers agreed that out of an abundance of caution, the show be called off,” an AEG Presents representative told Rolling Stone. “Steps were taken to ensure that the audience exited the venue calmly, quickly, and safely.”

Fans who had tickets for the Monday night show said that fans could still go to Carpenter’s VIP soundcheck and see Carpenter’s opening act, Spill Tab, perform. Fans had to leave the venue before Carpenter went on stage for the main show. In a statement on social media, the singer said, “Portland, I can’t tell you how much this breaks my heart, this is the last thing I wanted to do but due to unforeseen circumstances we will not be able to perform tonight. Please take care of yourselves and return home safely! i am so sorry. i love you very much.”

The singer is on tour right now to promote her album Emails I Can’t Send, which will come out in 2022. The tour started on March 16 at Hard Rock Live Seminole in Hollywood, Florida. The 40-show run included stops in Los Angeles, New York, and other U.S. cities. Fans who bought tickets for the show on Monday night will get their money back, and the Portland show will be moved to a later date. AEG Presents confirmed that Carpenter will keep touring as planned.