Kelly Clarkson forced to postpone shows.

Kelly Clarkson's run through the Gulf of Mexico region was rudely interrupted by Hurricane Dennis, forcing the postponement of a July 10 show at the Keifer UNO Lakefront Arena in New Orleans and a July 12 show at the Pensacola (Fla.) Civic Center.

The UNO Arena not only postponed the Clarkson date, but also had to push back a Jesse McCartney on-sale, according to arena GM Marco Perez, who says New Orleans suffered a double whammy last week. "We are still surveying the building," Perez tells Billboard.biz. "We actually are still cleaning up and checking the building from Tropical Strom Cindy when she pushed through here earlier last week. That little lady had some tremendous strength, she was completely underestimated. So far, Dennis’ bark was worse than his bite."

Perez adds that other events were impacted by Dennis. "We have Duran Duran scheduled this Wednesday (July 13). Unfortunately, the folks in the greater New Orleans area were in no mood to purchase tickets over the weekend with the threat of Dennis slamming through here [so] sales for the weekend dropped considerably." The show is still on, Perez adds.

The Pensacola (Fla.) Civic Center, managed by SMG, is still recovering from Hurricane Ivan's visit 10 months ago, which caused nearly $2 million in damage. Hurricane Dennis missed Pensacola by more than 20 miles, according to venue execs. "We had minimal damage to the building," says SMG regional VP Sandy Aaron. "After going through Ivan we were able to take care of our preventive maintenance early in the week."

Civic Center GM Cyndee Pennington tells Billboard.biz that the Clarkson show has sold about 5,500 tickets to date, about 1,000 shy of a sellout. "We haven't set a new date yet but we're holding dates in August," Pennington says.

Clarkson is booked by Creative Artists Agency and managed by the Firm.

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