Further to our article yesterday (HERE), Livenation (the promoters) and the band have come out with an official statement about the cancelled Killers Asia tour.
It is with great regret that The Killers have been forced to cancel their upcoming appearances in Singapore, Beijing, Hong Kong, Manila, Tokyo and Seoul due to unforeseen circumstances involving a serious illness of a close family member. The band deeply apologizes to their fans and hopes to reschedule their shows in these cities soon, we hope you understand and respect our privacy at this difficult time.
Our thoughts go out to the band and their families, and also to the promoters who work hard for months to get shows locked in, licensed and on sale.
We also worry about the appalling track record for big shows in China, and the increasingly fragile trust that this nascent live audience must have. High profile cancellations by Oasis (promoter difficulty), Linkin Park 2008 (singer injury) and Celine Dion Beijing (care?) have been rife in recent years. Add this to the multiple Midi festival cancellations and the various other upsets that this young industry have faced (just search on the top right corner of this site for “cancelled” and you get 4 whole pages of posts), plus the upcoming “cancellations” of Lady Gaga, 50 Cent and the Black Eyed Peas, and is it any wonder that the ticket buying public treat announcements with skepticism and vote with their feet (by not buying tickets)?