Things are not looking good for the American Idol Season 9 Idols Live tour. The tour, which is being promoted by Live Nation, has announced some cancellations and schedule changes, with even the two finalists' hometown shows seeing date changes. The tour, which was scheduled to run till Sept. 16, will now end on Aug. 31.
The cities that had dates changed are:
Bridgeport, CT - moved from 9/13 to 7/9
Chicago, IL - moved from 8/30 to 8/28
Cincinnati, OH - moved from 9/3 to 8/30
Des Moines, IA - moved from 8/31 to 8/26
Indianapolis, IN - moved from 9/4 to 8/31
Minneapolis, MN - moved from 8/29 to 8/27
Pittsburgh, PA - moved from 9/14 to 7/21 in new venue (First Niagara Pavilion)
Toledo, OH - moved from 9/2 to 8/29
Cancelled shows are in:
Buffalo, NY - 9/10
Cleveland, OH - 9/11
Kansas City, MO - 8/27
Omaha, NE - 8/26
Portland, ME - 9/16
Toronto, ON - 9/9
Winnipeg, MB - 9/7
To see the latest full schedule, CLICK HERE.
There doesn't seem to be any official explanation being made for the date changes and cancellations, but it's clearly about sagging ticket sales. Media reported lots of empty seats and the curtained-off upper-deck at the opening show in Detroit (The Detroit News guesstimated the venue to be at about 2/3 capacity.
I feel bad for the Idols, since this is a good source of income that they are losing, and I also really feel bad for the fans of said Idols because a lot of people make plans to come to specific shows, and while one may be free to go to Bridgeport, CT on September 13, they may not have the time to book a quick trip there on July 9 on like 3 days notice. Also, Idol fans tend to make special trips to see the last show of the tour since it always ends up being somewhat epic, and that Portland, Maine show that was supposed to be on Sept. 16 is gone. This is just one big giant clusterfuck, and if people weren't already saying that Season 9 was the worst season of Idol ever, this is only providing support that it is.