“Imagine knowing exactly the moment you’re going to die. Knowing exactly that your favorite song will be playing. By your favorite band. It’s just too perfect,” wrote Life of Agony fan Leslie McGourty, a teacher at Bonanza High School in Las Vegas, to her friends prior to Life of Agony show. As you can imagine, not only was the woman arrested, the gig had to be cancelled altogether.
Life of Agony show in Vegas had been scheduled for Saturday, May 19, but was cancelled in the end, following the teacher’s disturbing text messages to her friends on May 16. McGourty threatened to shoot people at a Life of Agony concert at the Beauty Bar. Allegedly, the woman had also planned to kill herself at the show, during her favorite song.
TV station 8 Las Vegas Now reports that after McGourty’s threatening messages her friends called the police. One of the text messages said that she planned to “poke a lot of holes in a lot of people”. In the other she mentioned well-known terror attacks including Stephen Paddock, who killed 58 people at the Route 91 Harvest festival in Vegas. The woman added: “I have the means, motive, and brains”.
Following the arrest, McGourty is now currently out of custody on bail. She admitted to having sent the text messages but insisted she never intended to hurt anyone.
The show venue, The Beauty Bar, first stated they were going to have the gig as planned, ensuring everyone’s safety. However, soon afterwards, Life of Agony published a Facebook post on Saturday morning, announcing there won’t be a show in Las Vegas:
“Due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control, the performance at The Beauty Bar in Las Vegas on Saturday, May 19th has been cancelled. Refunds will be available at the point of purchase. Thank you.”