Latin Rock Tour Faces Cancellations
The upcoming Rock en N tour of the U.S. and three Latin American countries has lost two key shows in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, D.C., Billboard Bulletin repThe upcoming Rock en N tour of the U.S. and three Latin American countries has lost two key shows in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, D.C., Billboard Bulletin reports. The trek -- which showcases Latin rock acts -- has cancelled a concert in Mexico City's 200,000-capacity Zocalo main square due to Spanish labels' concerns that their artists would play to a diminished audience.
Flying arrangements and producer problems were cited for the scrapping of an Oct. 24 concert in San Juan, Puerto Rico. A concert in Santiago, Chile, has been added to compensate.
Organizer Xavier Novaes of the Spanish authors' and publishers' society SGAE says he is not alarmed by the changes. "These kind of things are not unusual in tours involving several groups in various countries," he says.
Meanwhile, SGAE has received a memo from Virgin Records Espana explaining that Tam Tam Go! would not be performing on the tour. Another Virgin act, Amaral, plans to play as a three-piece acoustic unit without its electric band.
"The events in New York and the worldwide pre-war atmosphere have forced the management of EMI-Virgin to cancel any inter-continental trips by its artists or personnel until further notice," the note said.
The second Rock en N tour begins in New York and San Francisco on Oct. 12 and ends in Buenos Aires, Argentina.