Political maneuverings have forced Spanish star Alejandro Sanz to cancel a sold-out Feb. 14 concert at the 15,000 seat Venezuela's Poliedro de Caracas.
Sanz was forced to cancel after being declared a "persona non grata" (or non-welcomed person) by the legislative council of the municipality of Caracas, Venezuela's capital, and the Poliedro's locale, according to a press release issued by Sanz's management, RLM.
The setback is the latest in a series of "difficulties and inconveniences" set forth by various Venezuelan government offices in regards to Sanz.
Sanz's show -- part of his "El Tren de los Momentos" tour -- was originally set to take place Nov. 1 in the same venue, according to RLM and concert promoter Evenpro. That show was postponed after Venezuela's Ministry of Superior Education denied permission for the show to take place at the government-owned venue. At the time, the ministry said Sanz couldn't perform there because he had given an opinion against Venezuela's president, Hugo Chávez, during his last visit to that country in 2004.
Concert promoter Evenpro said that the Feb. 14 concert was postponed because the conditions are not conducive to doing it. Tickets will be refunded.
Venezuela was the last stop on the U.S. and Latin American leg of Sanz's tour, comprised of over 50 arena dates in over 10 countries.