Matchbox 20 in front of a swarm of bees

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Matchbox 20 concert delayed by swarm of bees

Not the bees!


Audra Schroeder


Published Aug 4, 2017   Updated May 22, 2021, 9:40 pm CDT

A Matchbox 20 concert was delayed for more than an hour after bees swarmed the venue.

The group is currently on tour with Counting Crows, and at a stop in Tucson, Arizona, on Thursday night, a swarm of bees descended on the venue. While no one was reportedly hurt, there have been two fatal bee attacks in Tucson this week.

The concert was delayed while beekeepers handled the hive. Apparently Northwest Exterminating deals with more than just scorpions wearing fedoras.

But bees and Matchbox 20? The memes came swarming, as did “It’s 3am and I must bee lonely” and “I wish the real world would just stop hassling bees.”

The tour continues tonight in New Mexico.

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*First Published: Aug 4, 2017, 10:13 am CDT