It’s been an interesting month for tour news, as various major artists have cancelled and/or rescheduled tour dates for a variety of reasons. Here are some of the latest headlines from artists who may (or may not) be coming to your town.
Wynonna Judd has announced that she will resume her tour starting August 30 after cancelling a number of dates when new husband Cactus Moser was in a serious motorcycle accident on August 18—an accident that ultimately cost him his left leg. Moser, who was also Judd’s drummer, will continue rehabilitation as the tour continues without him. In a statement appearing on Judd’s website, she says, “Cactus continues to improve every day as he begins his road to rehabilitation. We are looking forward to the day when we will be back together on stage again…” The tour will restart with a sold-out show tomorrow night in Peshawbestown, MI, followed by Elkhorn, WI, Richmond, VA and Myrtle Beach, SC. Judd has also rescheduled the dates for the shows that were cancelled. For the latest tour info, visit Wynonna’s website.
Meanwhile, Duran Duran have announced that they have been forced to cancel the last leg of their two-year world tour due to the continuing illness of keyboardist Nick Rhodes. After already cancelling shows in Pittsburgh, Atlantic City and Kettering Ohio, and Chicago, the band released a statement saying that doctors are insisting that Rhodes is still too ill to perform and needs to rest. As the band is just concluding the tour, this news basically affects two more cities—Highland Park, IL (the Ravinia Festival) and a two-day stint in Orillia, Ontario. According to their website: “The band are devastated that what has been a triumphant tour for them, with many highlights, has ended this way.” Unfortunately, the cancelled tour dates will not be rescheduled; fans can get their tickets refunded at the point of sale. We wish Rhodes the best.
In other tour news, Van Halen is in the midst of—um—not playing their already-cancelled tour dates, as they officially scrapped 30 dates between July and September. And Australia seems to be having some bad luck these days in the no-show department. Glen Campbell was (understandably) forced to cancel his Aussie tour dates with Kenny Rogers due to the progression of Alzheimer’s—Kenny continued the tour with replacement acts—and for the second time in two world tours, Madonna simply snubbed Australia, citing that she needed to spend time with her children. Madonna has since apologized to the fans “down under”—although it’s really more of an explanation than an apology. (It doesn’t quite explain why Madonna hasn’t been there in nearly two decades. Anyhow…) Apparently, though, fans in the U.S. and Canada won’t be suffering for the sake of the children; the North American leg of the controversial MDNA tour began this week in Philadelphia.