And so it begins?
The American Idol live concert scheduled for Friday July 5 has been CANCELLED.
Is this the start of a series of cancellations for a poorly selling tour? We’ll soon find out.
ETA: Tour dates scheduled before July 19 have been cancelled. Here’s a statement that was posted on the venue’s website in St. Louis.
“Production rehearsals have been pushed by a couple of weeks which unfortunately affects some of the early dates on the tour itinerary. The ‘American Idol Live!’ concert scheduled for June 29 at Chaifetz Arena has been canceled. All orders will be returned to the credit card of purchase. If you do not receive a refund or have further questions, contact MetroTix at 314-534-1111. For cash transactions, tickets can be returned to the Chaifetz Arena box office to receive a refund. The ‘American Idol Live!’ tour now begins on July 19 in Kent, WA and ends in Nashville on August 31.”
Aw. St. Louis is Curtis Finch Jr.’s hometown…
The statement is worded as if rehearsals were set back for some unknown reason–perhaps for Candice Glover to work on her album, which is set for a July release. But I can’t help but think that if the tour was selling well, there’s no way they’d just cancel 10 dates. Candice can record her album on the road if necessary.
These cancellations HAVE to be about money. Candice and Kree’s singles have only sold 71K and 33K respectively in 2 weeks–the lowest selling winners singles ever. Even lower than Season 9. That tour was cut short by 7 cities, but it didn’t happen until the tour was underway.
This is just one more bit of bad news for the struggling franchise. Can American Idol be saved?
Via STL Today
Here are the cancelled dates:
June 29 St. Louis, MO Chaifetz Arena
June 30 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
July 2 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
July 5 Detroit, IL Joe Louis Arena
July 6 Rosemont, IL Allstate Arena – Rescheduled to August 12 – Trenton NJ CANCELLED
July 8 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
July 10 Broomfield, CO 1STBANK Center
July 12 Las Vegas, NV Mandalay Bay Events Center
July 13 Ontario, CA Citizens Business BankArena
July 14 Oakland, CA The Oracle Arena
American Idol Live No. of Tour Dates per Year
2002 – 30 dates
2003 – 41 dates
2004 – 50 dates incl Singapore
2005 – 44 dates
2006 – 60 dates
2007 – 59 dates
2008 – 53 dates
2009 – 52 dates
2010 – 44 dates (7 cancelled)
2011 – 49 dates incl Philippines
2012 – 46 dates incl Philippines
2013 – 30 dates (10 cancelled)