Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Hey Atlanta, why aren't you buying concert tickets?

Posted By on Wed, Jun 30, 2010 at 1:35 PM

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Is it because they're ungodly expensive, and you're flat broke? Yeah, thought so. A couple weeks ago, 50 Cent cancelled his Tabernacle gig. No explanation was given, although the oft-cited phrase "poor ticket sales" was given as the possible culprit. Then R&B dude Maxwell's show at Philips Arena tour was nixed, maybe because he hated Erykah Badu and Jill Scott, but also maybe because no one was willing to shell out a hundred bucks for a ticket?

Now the third and probably not final mystery in the Case of the Cancelled Concerts: the Buzz cites a "rock-solid local source" who reports that Rihanna's upcoming Philips concert might be in jeopardy, as well. One show on her upcoming tour has already been cancelled, and Atlanta might be next.

What gives, you ask?

Well, it's pretty obvious that most people view concert tickets as a non-essential expense, especially when they're exorbitantly priced, as most big-name shows inevitably are. Will the industry give in amidst so many show cancellations? It's already well documented that CDs don't sell anymore - will high-priced concerts be the next casualty of a rapidly-crumbling music industry infrastructure? And is it sad, or is forcing a tired, antiquated system to retool itself really such a bad thing?

EDIT: As a commenter notes, Maxwell's Philips Arena show happened as scheduled. The singer actually cancelled a run of dates set to begin in late June.

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