Hopeful attendees turned away from free Rock the Troops concert for safety reasons

Tens of thousands of people attended Saturday’s Rock the Troops concert at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam.

On Monday, the base explained why many others were turned away. Officials say nearly 45,000 service members, Department of Defense civilians, their families and invited guests were in attendance.

The base had reached capacity and closed the gates for safety reasons.

The concert was put on by actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as a tribute to service members, and the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

Rock the Troops was filmed by Spike TV and will air in December.

Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam released the following statement:

Thank you to those who shared their Rock The Troops experiences. This was an amazing display of support for our Troops, and more than 40,000 service members, Dept. of Defense civilians and family members attended, along with 4,804 invited guests.  The base took steps that maintained safety and security throughout the show, and they made the wise decision to close the gates when the event reached capacity.  Unfortunately, some families were unable to participate, but our primary concern was everyone’s safety and security.  We appreciate the feedback, both positive and negative, and as a learning organization and we will apply these lessons-learned to future events.

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