21 Savage concert in Phoenix canceled after 15 minutes. Here's what happened

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A concert by 21 Savage at Talking Stick Resort Amphitheatre in Phoenix was abruptly cut short within minutes of the headliner taking the stage on Saturday, May 11.

Shortly after 11 p.m., 21 Savage shared a post on X, formerly Twitter, saying, “Phoenix yall were so turnt yall broke the power" with a “laughing hard enough to cry” emoji, adding “I promise I’ll be back!”

The venue posted a note on its socials on Sunday saying, “Due to technical issues with the venue, last night's 21 Savage show at Talking Stick Resort Amphitheatre was unfortunately canceled. Tickets will be refunded automatically."

'It was kind of a very surreal experience,' 21 Savage fan says

John Shaff was at the concert with his kids.

“It was kind of a very surreal experience,” he says. “I believe he was into his second, maybe third song and all of a sudden, boom, the lights went and everything went dark.”

After maybe 15 minutes, Shaff says, “You start seeing cops on the stage. It’s like, ‘Well, that’s weird,’ but still super quiet. And everyone’s just kind of waiting."

Eventually, the power was restored to the video monitors on either side of the stage.

“So we were all a little hopeful at that point," Shaff says, "going, ‘OK, they rebooted things.’"

Another 15 minutes passed before a message on the monitors said the concert was postponed.

“This was the surreal part,” Shaff says. “I would not expect the crowd to be as calm as everybody was. But everyone was like, ‘Hmm, OK.’ We filed out and that was it. There was no announcement. Never got an explanation. It was just a very weird experience.”

21 Savage refunds went out the next day

Shaff says his wife bought their tickets through Vivid Seats and received an email Sunday from Vivid saying her account had been credited and she could leave the credit on her account for future use or get a refund.

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