*Lil Wayne took his proverbial ball and went home from a booked gig in Minneapolis Sunday night after his friends were denied entrance into the club.
The Venue on First Avenue said on its website that several members of the rapper’s entourage refused to submit to pat-downs and metal detectors and provide identification before entering the club ahead of Sunday night’s show.
The club called the checks “standard safety procedures.”
Lil Wayne was allowed in but ultimately decided not to perform, the club said.
The Venue explained that the procedures apply to patrons and entertainers alike and have been in place for quite some time. They include a pat-down and metal-detection scan on everyone entering the club. Also, ages and identities are confirmed.
“[They] are similar, if not identical, to safety standards and procedures utilized by clubs and arenas throughout the United States and the Twin Cities,” the club noted. “These safety procedures are explained and provided to each performer in advance of any performance or concert that occurs at the Venue.
“The Venue is not willing to bypass its security standards and jeopardize the safety of its patrons, performers or staff members.”
The Venue said it is arranging refunds for tickets that were purchased online.