In an unusually bold move, Kelly Clarkson has shelved her planned summer tour, citing slow ticket sales.
“I can’t tell you how much I’ve been looking forward to getting out there to perform for y’all. In the craziness of the music business, performing is what I look forward to doing the most, so it really is disappointing for me to have to tell you that I won’t be coming out to tour this summer, she wrote in a posting on her website KellyClarkson.com. The fact is that touring is just too much too soon.
Michael Rapino, CEO of LiveNation, said in a statement: “Ticket sales have not been what we anticipated and we came to the realization that we had bit off more than we could chew. In the end, we are in the Kelly Clarkson business and for that reason we believe that this decision will only benefit her and her fans in the long run.”
Those who bought tickets for Clarksons tour can get a refund at the point of purchase. She is expected to embark on another tour in the future in a more intimate concert environment, Gregg Perloff, CEO of Another Planet Entertainment said in a statement.
I promise you that we’re going to get back out there as soon as is humanly possible to give you a show that will be even better, Clarkson added on her website, thanking fans for their support.
Clarkson’s tour was expected to kick off with her performance at the Live Earth concert July 7 at East Rutherford, N.J. and end in Phoenix. Now, Clarkson’s only performance is slated to be at the Live Earth concert, part of a global series of performances to raise awareness about environmental issues.