This past week has seen a spew of artists pulling out of their planned summer tours. First Bono cracked up his back and had to go in for emergency surgery, causing U2 to cancel the first leg of their world tour, including their headlining gig at next month's Glastonbury Festival. (They'll be replaced by Gorillaz; according to Damon Albarn, ""It was us or the Beatles and they split up years ago.") The cancellation/postponement also includes the band's June 20 Qwest Field date. Fans, you're going to have to find a different way to spend your $250.
Thanks for nothing, Xtina
Interpol was set to open some of U2's North American dates, but now schedules are messy, and now they've also canceled just about their entire U.S. run.
Bono's getting old, ok? Health comes first. Christina Aguilera, on the other hand, is a spry 20-something with no discernible medical difficulties - but she also canceled her 20-date summer tour earlier this month, citing a too-busy schedule. Please. Everyone from the Huffington Post to the New York Times isn't buying that, suspecting poor ticket sales to be the real culprit. Aguilera's latest single is a bust, and she's been roundly accused of morphing into a cheap Lady Gaga rip-off since its release. (Queen Gaga's Monster Ball Tour will hit the Tacoma Dome on August 21).
The final offenders are Limp Bizkit, who canceled their entire summer tour with Ice Cube (including a August 15 stop at White River Amphitheater) and released a bizarre explanation blaming the tour's venues:
Our reason for moving the U.S. tour dates is simple: We insist on bringing you the best concert experience we have to offer. An amphitheatre environment won't allow us to do that with so many seats directly in front of the stage. Moving away from amphitheatres and into venues with appropriate floor space will allow more room for jumping, dancing, and moshing directly in front of the stage, instead of on a grassy knoll a hundred yards away.Fred Durst, you're not fooling me. It's not 1999, and no one was buying tickets to your show. Ain't no shame in telling the truth.
But Seattle - the entire Sasquatch! lineup is intact, Gaga's coming, and MC Hammer's going to be at the Emerald Queen Casino on June 26. As long as Dylan shows up for Bumbershoot, I'd say we've still got a great summer of live music ahead of us.