Lyle Lovett Axes U.K. Tour

A planned U.K. tour by singer/songwriter Lyle Lovett in October, which would have contributed to a major international comeback after a three-year lull, has been canceled.

A planned U.K. tour by singer/songwriter Lyle Lovett in October, which would have contributed to a major international comeback after a three-year lull, has been canceled. The seven-date trek was to begin Oct. 5 in Birmingham.

A spokesperson at London's Royal Albert Hall says promoters canceled their show "due to unforeseen circumstances." And although Lovett's U.K. publicist said the cancellations were "due to recording commitments," a newspaper interview with the artist published by Canada's Toronto Star blames poor ticket sales.

In the interview, Lovett said promoter Live Nation allegedly killed the U.K. shows because it "didn't think we were selling quickly enough ... They suggested that maybe we'd postpone the tour and do it another time, but I didn't want to give them any excuse to hang on to those folks' money."

Lovett is on tour in North America through Sept. 18 in Princeton, N.J. He plays in Toronto tonight (Aug. 14).