Shows, Tours Affected By Attacks
In the wake of last week's terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, D.C., the status of many planned shows and tours has been affected. Some events have been cancelled, while others have rescheduIn the wake of last week's terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, D.C., the status of many planned shows and tours has been affected. Some events have been cancelled, while others have rescheduled select dates.
A pair of high profile New York events -- TNT's "Come Together: A Night for John Lennon" at Radio City Music Hall, and the fourth annual Yahoo! Internet Life Magazine Online Music Awards at the Hammersmith Ballroom -- each scheduled for Thursday (Sept. 20), have been postponed. The Lennon tribute is being rescheduled to a date early next month, and will be dedicated to the citizens of New York, according to a source.
The Yahoo! event -- which was to have included performances by Pete Townshend, Aerosmith, and Ludacris -- has been indefinitely shelved. "We, along with the show sponsors and performers, feel that going forward with the event is inappropriate at this time in light of last week's tragedy," executive producer Andrew Kramer said in a statement.
Likewise, a pair of Concerts for a Landmine Free World -- featuring Emmylou Harris, Mary Chapin Carpenter, John Prine, Bruce Cockburn, Nanci Griffith, and Steve Earle -- scheduled for Wednesday in Alexandria, Va., and Thursday in Washington, D.C., have been cancelled by the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation (VVAF).
"America's focus should be on all victims of Tuesday's terrifying acts of violence," VVAF president Bobby Muller said in a statement. "Our organization and the singer/songwriters who perform for us are praying for the families and friends of the innocent people whose lives have been taken or unalterably changed forever." Information regarding ticket refunds can be found on the VVAF Web site.
Originally due to kick off last Friday (Sept. 14) outside Chicago, the Pledge of Allegiance tour co-headlined by Slipknot and System Of A Down will now launch Sept. 21 in Denver. Four missed stops -- which also include St. Paul, Minn., Madison, Wis., and Cedar Rapids, Iowa -- have been rescheduled in October. For exact dates and more information, visit the official Web sites of Slipknot or System Of A Down.
Rapper Jay-Z also postponed the start of his Blueprint Lounge tour, which was due to kick off last Friday. Instead, he'll begin the run on Wednesday in Baltimore. "My heart, love and support go to the families of the victims and the missing," the artist said in a statement.
The European version of the hard rock-leaning Tattoo the Planet tour, originally slated to begin Sept. 13 and feature Pantera and Slayer, will now kick off tomorrow (Sept. 18) in Leuven, Belgium, without Pantera on the bill. Slayer will be joined by Static X and local talent on the dates, which now run through Oct. 14 with rescheduled U.K. dates tacked onto the end of the trek.
"I understand Pantera's decision, but I think we'd be letting our European fans down if we cancelled the tour," Slayer bassist/vocalist Tom Araya said in a statement. "We all have families, and are concerned about the potential dangers. But many kids in Europe have experienced attacks and assaults and terrorism throughout their lives, so I think Slayer should make the effort to go over there and play for them. As a band, we simply refuse to play into the hands of these terrorists, we won't allow them to disrupt our lives any further."
Also, the majority of the pre-sale and initial on-sale dates for the upcoming Family Values tour -- which will boast Stone Temple Pilots, Staind, and Linkin Park, among others -- were bumped from last Saturday's planned launch. Only Indianapolis and Toronto tickets went on sale as planned. For additional information on the revised plans, visit the tour's official Web site.