Thursday, June 14, 2007

Kelly Clarkson Cancels Tour

It saddens me very much to report this news (especially since I already purchased my tickets!), but Kelly Clarkson has canceled her forthcoming tour.

The following message appears on Kellyclarkson.com:

"I can't tell you how much I've been looking forward to getting out there to perform for y'all. In the craziness of the music business, performing is what I look forward to doing the most, so it really is disappointing for me to have to tell you that I won't be coming out to tour this summer. The fact is that touring is just too much too soon.

But I promise you that we're going to get back out there as soon as is humanly possible to give you a show that will be even better.

Thanks for all of your love and continued support."

This latest development comes on the heels of the news that Kelly has fired her manager. Will the album be canceled, too?

I don't like this. I don't like it one bit.

UPDATE: The following press release has just been issued...

"Plans for Kelly Clarkson's summer tour have been shelved for now as the singer and her team re-evaluate her show's size and scope - a decision made even more difficult by the impending release of her album, My December," her publicist said in a statement Thursday.

Click here to read the rest of the press release!

"It is mind blowing when you stop to think about what Kelly Clarkson has achieved during her young career," said Michael Rapino, CEO of LiveNation. "But ticket sales have not been what we anticipated and we came to the realization that we had bit off more than we could chew. In the end, we are in the Kelly Clarkson business and for that reason we believe that this decision will only benefit her and her fans in the long run."

"Kelly is a spectacular artist and an incredible performer who undoubtedly has what it takes to sustain a long and prosperous career," added Gregg Perloff, CEO of Another Planet Entertainment. "The day when she will play in sold-out arenas is, no doubt, coming, but for now her fans should look forward to seeing her in a more intimate concert environment. Kelly deserves a tremendous amount of praise for her courage in not only being a part of, but in supporting, this difficult decision."

Tickets for the tour can be refunded at the point of purchase.

In addition, as future concert dates become available, current ticket holders will be invited via email, mail or phone notification, to purchase tickets through an exclusive presale, which will take place prior to the general on sale date for each concert.

3 comments:

Joshua said...

I don't even know what to say. Not only am I beyond bummed, but I feel SO bad for Kelly herself. She is going through some major drama right now...and I hope that executives aren't giving the the "Told ya so!" treatment. She worked her ass off to hold on to her integrity in getting it released, so now to not be supported in the way she so deserves is just very disheartening.

Anonymous said...

Everyone is just cutting their losses. Artistic integrity is great and I'm glad Clarkson has shown the ability to be a good writer, it's just that it needs to sell. Clarkson is a pop-artist. Her survival depends, as of now, on her sales. I don't think it has anything to do with the record company being right or Clarkson being right. It does have everything to do with them all deciding to cut their losses now and reposition their "pieces" to maximize opportunity. The album needs to be catchier. It's an excellent album, but it lacks a true lead-off single. That's likely what they are going to go for as well as for smaller venues that she can sell-out. The new album just wouldn't work stadium wise.

Joshua Reid said...

I do agree that the new album doesn't really suit huge arenas. A smaller (2500-5000 seats maybe?) venue would be perfect. Some people are saying that perhaps Kelly is happy with this, and that it may even be her doing. Perhaps in firing her management she is simply taking full control of her career. For all we know she may have been against a huge flashy arena set from the very beginning. She may have chose to cancel the tour and re-focus for more reasons than just "poor ticket sales". I hope that's true, because if it is then she probably feels free and happy now.