It hasn’t been a kind week for ticket holders across the New York City area as a number of concerts have been canceled for a variety of reasons.
The biggest news came this morning when it was announced that Devo has been forced to cancel their appearance this Saturday the MetroPCS and 101.9 RXP sponsored Masquerade at Hammerstein Ballroom. This came after the announcement that guitarist Mark Mothersbaugh underwent emergency surgery after slicing his thumb open on a shard of glass. Devo hopes to reschedule their canceled run of tour dates after Mothersbaugh makes a full recovery. The Halloween celebration, which is now a free show, will go on as planned with appearances by Neon Trees, The Drums and supposed special guests.
The next cancellation to report comes from the British indie rock innovators Cornershop who were scheduled to perform in the United States for the first time in eight years including a stop at New York’s Irving Plaza. The band gives little reason as to the postponement of the tour and a conspicuous message from their camp leaves one blogger scratching his head, “After many long discussions with US agents it has been decided that Cornershop need to postpone their USA Tour until next year. Due to a new album coming out next year and other commitments, regrettably cancellation has been deemed the best thing for all involved.” It sounds like poor ticket sales may be the culprit, but the band may look to return after their new release The Battle of New Orleans gains a head of steam.
Another pair of related cancellations came in earlier this week when Crocodiles announced that they were forced to scrap the remaining dates of their tour due to a family emergency. This included a show at Maxwell’s in Hoboken, NJ on Tuesday, October 26. Quickly following that news came the cancellation of the remainder of the of Dum Dum Girls's tour as their lead singer Dee Dee needed to return home to be with her family which includes her husband and lead singer of Crocodiles Brandon Welchez. No mention has been made as to whether or not the band will reschedule their canceled Music Hall of Williamsburg performance.
The last bit of cancellation news comes with a bright side. While the November 3 concert at Music Hall of Williamsburg featuring Clinic, The Fresh & Onlys and Pterodactyl has been canceled, the full bill will still perform at Bowery Ballroom on November 2.
Let’s hope this is the last of the bad news for New York City concertgoers, but if the concert gods feel the need to take one more from us, let it be Michael Buble.