Reading USA Postponed Until 2002
Despite boasting Eminem's only planned U.S. appearance of the year, along with the promise of 11 hours of music on three stages, the inaugural Reading USA festival has been called off. "While being haDespite boasting Eminem's only planned U.S. appearance of the year, along with the promise of 11 hours of music on three stages, the inaugural Reading USA festival has been called off. "While being happy with the quality of our headline acts and with the exciting new acts that have recently joined the lineup, we have run out of time in attempting to add further major established acts to the show," U.K.-based promoter Mean Fiddler said in a statement.
"Rather than proceeding with a shortened and diluted lineup that does not fully represent the history and reputation of the Reading Festival, we have decided to spend time assembling a more complete line-up for 2002," the statement continued.
Scheduled for Sept. 8 at the Tweeter Center at the Waterfront in Camden, N.J., just across the Delaware River from Philadelphia, the event was launched with just Eminem, rapper Xzibit, and modern rock act Linkin Park as confirmed performers. Late last week, Guided by Voices, Adema, Boy Hits Car, Clinic, Folk Implosion, and Muse were added to the bill.
Ticketholders can obtain refunds from the point of purchase. Eminem and his rap outfit D12 are confirmed to appear at this year's Reading Festival in the U.K., set for Aug. 24-26. Other artists set to perform include Alien Ant Farm, American Hi-Fi, Frank Black, Stephen Malkmus, and Supergrass.