Airport-like metal detectors will permanently screen all concert-goers at the Hollywood Bowl starting with Saturday night’s “official” season-opening show with The Moody Blues as the iconic venue increases security in the wake of a deadly terrorist attack at a concert in Manchester, England.
Officials denied the addition of permanent increased security was due to concerns raised after the May 22 Manchester concert attack, saying metal detectors had been used for some specific past individual events. The only difference is metal detectors are now being made permanent, along with an increase in size for an entrance.
“Your safety is our top priority. In addition to already existing measures, this year we have implemented new security features to enhance the safety and overall experience for everyone,” a statement from the Hollywood Bowl said. “Please give yourself ample time to get to your seats (arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your ticketed time).”
The metal detectors were installed on May 31 before a pre-season Dead & Company show when a bomb threat briefly shut down that show.
There was no word from officials about security measures they may take regarding open access to the upper reaches of the Bowl seats from the surrounding hillside.
Saturday’s concert will be a Baby Boomer delight, featuring the 1960s group The Moody Blues. Bowl officials pointed out this is the 50th anniversary of The Moody Blues monster hit album that included “Nights in White Satin” and “Tuesday Afternoon.”
The new permanent metal detectors come after a terror attack in Manchester, England killed 22 people at an Ariana Grande concert.
Along with the metal detectors, the venue is expanding the Mid Gate to the right of the Main Gate on the west edge of parking lot A.
The Hollywood Bowl said there is no change to what items are not allowed onto the grounds, but that bags, hats, cell phones, cameras, tablets, computers and any large metal items need to be removed and shown to the attendants.
— Staff and wire reports
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