So, here’s something we never thought we’d say in 2017: last night, a swarm of bees went HAM on a Tucson, AZ, concert venue just before Matchbox 20 took the stage. Who knew that Matchbox 20 was still around? And weren’t bees supposed to be extinct?
#BREAKING Swarm of bees delays Matchbox 20 concert. https://t.co/Oz7Xg3B3Jg pic.twitter.com/wbu6atNyD7
– KVOA News 4 Tucson (@KVOA) August 4, 2017
The Aug. 3 show was scheduled to start at 8 p.m. at AVA Ampitheater, but was cleared out when “a couple thousand bees” descended on the venue. It took about 75 minutes for exterminators and the fire department to arrive and clear out all of the enraged insects, and by 9:15, the band was ready to take the stage again.
Lead singer Rob Thomas seemed to find the whole thing to be as unbelievably wild as we did, taking to Instagram to share the scene from inside the hall with his fans. “Can’t make this up,” he wrote.
Beekeeper has arrived!! Still trying to make this happen. Can’t make this up! #tour #summer #ABriefHistoryTour
On a less happy note, the events that unfolded at the concert hall now bring the total bee incidents in Arizona this week up to four – and two men have already died as a result in the southern part of the state. Some officials are attributing the rise in attacks to an intense monsoon season this year, but no concrete cause has been pinned down to date.