US Recession Hurts Ticket Sales for Lilith Fair Tour, Time to Go to Canada!
With unemployment rates at an average of 9.3% for the entire US, and rates as high as 14% in the state of Nevada, the impact of the recession on the US has become undeniable. Within the music industry the recession has significantly impacted ticket sales, resulting in the cancellation of hundreds of shows across the Nation. It is obvious people can not afford to pay $50-$100 for tickets anymore, and the artists are not able to make them cheaper. Singer-Songwriter Sara McLachlin is a prime example of an artist struggling to stay on top in the midst of a sinking economy. Her concert tour, Lilith Fair, including many big acts such as Nora Jones, Metric, and Tegan & Sara, scheduled for this summer has already cancelled several US dates with more cancellations on the way. Despite all the tour cancellations within the US, the Canadian dates seem to remain intact, although some dates have been relocated to smaller venues. This is an article reposted from Exclaim News depicting the Lilith Fair cancellations.
(Reposted from Exclaim Newst. More at Exclaim News: Lilith Fair Dates Cancelled Due to Poor Ticket Sales, -Alex Hudson)
So much for Lilith Fair‘s glorious return. The all-female revue, which had been on a decade-long break, was meant to be one of the big-draw tours of the summer, with big names like Sheryl Crow, Tegan and Sara, Metric and Cat Power signed on to join founder Sarah McLachlan on a lengthy North American tour. But earlier this month, poor ticket sales forced organizers to relocate the Vancouver instalment of the festival to a smaller venue. It turns out that this was only the beginning of the problems for the festival, as low sales have now resulted in organizers cancelling dates on the tour.
So far, two dates on the original 35-stop tour have been officially called off: July 8 in Phoenix, AZ and August 7 in Nashville, TN. The Globe and Mail now reports that at least five more cancellations may be on the way. The news comes from Norah Jones’s manager Sam Feldman, who says that the jazz pop chanteuse’s Lilith performances in West Palm Beach, FL; Tampa, FL; Birmingham, AL; Houston, TX; and Dallas, TX have all been axed.
Also likely to be cancelled is the August 14 date in Austin, TX, which doesn’t yet have a confirmed venue.
What’s more, large outdoor shows in Edmonton and Montreal have followed Vancouver in being relocated to smaller venues. Edmonton’s show will now take place at Rexall Place (capacity 12,500) and Montreal’s show at the Bell Centre (capacity 15,000).
As of Thursday (June 24), McLachlan’s label boss/manager Terry McBride said in an email to the Globe and Mail, “We have cancelled nothing at this time. We review our sales on a weekly basis. If we cancel any more, we will announce accordingly.” All of the reportedly cancelled dates with Norah Jones are currently still listed on the Lilith Fair website.
As for whether more shows would be cancelled, McBride told the Canadian Press, “We look at this weekly. I’m not going to say yes, I’m not going to say no.”
See the adjusted tour schedule below.
6/27 Calgary, AB – McMahon Stadium
6/28 Edmonton, AB – Northlands Spectrum Rexall Place
7/1 Vancouver, BC – Ambleside Park
7/2 Portland, OR – Sleep Country Amphitheater
7/3 Seattle, WA – The Gorge Amphitheatre
7/5 San Francisco, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre at Mountain View
7/7 San Diego, CA – Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
7/8 Phoenix, AZ – Cricket Wireless Pavilion
7/9 Las Vegas, NV – Mandalay Bay Events Center
7/10 Los Angeles, CA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
7/12 Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre
7/13 Denver, CO – Comfort Dental Amphitheatre
7/15 Kansas City, MO – Capitol Federal Park @ Sandstone
7/16 St. Louis, MO – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater St Louis
7/17 Chicago, IL – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
7/18 Minneapolis, MN – Canterbury Park
7/20 Indianapolis, IN – Verizon Wireless Music Center
7/21 Detroit, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
7/23 Montreal, QC – Parc Jean-Drapeau The Bell Centre
7/24 Toronto, ON – Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
7/27 Cleveland, OH – Blossom Music Center
7/28 Philadelphia, PA – Susquehanna Bank Center
7/30 Boston, MA – Comcast Center
7/31 New York, NY – PNC Bank Arts Center
8/1 Hartford, CT – Comcast Theatre
8/3 Washington, DC – Merriweather Post Pavilion
8/4 Raleigh, NC – Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek
8/6 Charlotte, NC – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Charlotte
8/7 Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
8/8 Atlanta, GA – Aaron’s Amphitheatre
8/10 W. Palm Beach, FL – Cruzan Amphitheatre
8/11 Tampa, FL – Ford Amphitheatre
8/12 Birmingham, AL – Verizon Wireless Music Center Birmingham
8/14 Austin, TX – Venue TBA
8/15 Houston, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
8/16 Dallas, TX – Superpages.com Center