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Fewer `Idol’-izers for this year’s tour

July 9, 2010 - Andy Gray

Despite drawing 20-to-30-million viewers every week, “American Idol” is having trouble drawing enough fans to sustain its concert tour.

Several dates were canceled this week for the tour featuring the top-10 finishers on the popular reality series, including the September date at Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena. That cancellation is a bit embarrassing considering how much Cleveland’s FOX affiliate hyped the regional ties of runner up Crystal Bowersox, who is from Elliston, near Toledo.

The tour changes also are affecting the Pittsburgh show, originally set for Sept. 14 at Consol Energy Center. The tour now is coming to First Niagara Pavilion at Star Lake in Burgettstown, Pa., on July 21 (Consol still is under construction). According to a press release issued today by Live Nation, fans who purchased tickets for the September show automatically will be sent comparable tickets at the new venue that will be shipped to the address provided at the time of purchase.

According to the release, “For those who are unable to make it, a refund will be issued at point of purchase for everything except order processing and delivery fees.”

As the Associated Press in Thursday’s Ticket indicated, a lot of tours are canceling dates due to slow ticket sales. While 12 shows on this summer’s Lilith Tour have been scrapped, the Blossom Music Center date still is on for July 27. However, Kelly Clarkson no longer is performing there – or anywhere – for Lilith Fair.

In a statement on her Web site, Clarkson wrote, “With the news of cancelled Lilith dates and my current progress in the studio, we've made the decision not to tour this summer.”

That statement was posted July 1. On July 6, Clarkson still was listed as one of the Blossom performers on the Lilith Fair Web site. Her name is gone now, but local promoters haven’t issued any kind of press release alerting fans to the change, which seems unfair since she was one of the top drawing artists on that bill.


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