Lilith Fair Cancels Nashville and Phoenix Dates
Mon, 28 Jun 2010 09:56:27
The producers/creators of the exhumed, all-female Lilith Fair, which kicked off on Sunday, have cancelled shows in Nashville and Phoenix due to soft ticket sales. That isn't the only problem the tour has experienced. Singer Norah Jones has backed out of five shows at which she was scheduled to perform during the last leg of the tour in August and the Go-Go's dropped off after guitarist Jane Wiedlin suffered a hiking injury which required emergency surgery and resulted in the band's entire "Farewell" tour being 86ed. Three of the tour's Canadian dates were downsized to smaller venues. Tour co-founder Terry McBride chalked up the venue switches to location and environment but he did acquiesce to the sluggish ticket sales. "The whole summer's soft -- it's not just Lilith," McBride said to CTV Toronto. "We're in the middle of a recession. The interesting thing is we're stronger than most, but tickets are soft. Stateside has definitely been hurt a lot more. Canada, I think, has been affected by the recession, America has been slammed by it."
Despite this year's fest demonstrating weak ticket sales, McBride has a positive attitude and outlook for the future. He said that Lilith Fair will return in 2011, albeit in a smaller, more economical capacity.
Are you going to this year's Lilith Fair? Do you think ticket prices, the acts, the economy or any combination of these factors are the reason for the slow sales?