Revived Lilith Fair Tour Cancels 10 Dates

By Michael Preston
|  Tuesday, Jul 6, 2010  |  Updated 5:15 AM EDT
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Once a hot ticket during the summer concert season, Sarah McLachlan's reconstituted Lilith Fair tour has recently seen its momenteum slowed by poor sales and a slew of defecting headliners.

On July 1, the tour cut ten dates across the country, canceling shows in Austin, Dallas, Charlotte, Tampa and Salt Lake City among others, reported Entertainment Weekly.

Additionally, big name acts like Kelly Clarkson and Norah Jones have pulled out of scheduled dates for various reasons.

A statement released by Lilith co-founder Terry McBride addressed the cancellations in a matter of fact way. 

“We are in the midst of one of the most challenging summer concert seasons with many tours being cancelled outright. Everyone involved with the tour would like to apologize to the fans and artists scheduled to play in these markets, and express appreciation for all the support for the festival’s return. Lilith remains the only tour of its kind, and we are confident that fans will be amazed by what each date has to offer.”

But it's not just the ladies who've been affected by slupming sales. Other major acts like Christina Aguilera, Rihanna and The Eagles have been affected by lack of demand, and others, like U2 and Simon & Garfunkel, have been cursed by the injury bug. Many industry analysts blame the poor showings on the continuing effects of the recession, a sentiment McBride agrees with.

"It's the reality of this summer," said McBride in an interview with Rolling Stone. "It's just across the board. Main Street is still in recession. We're not out of this yet. Did we see that four months ago? I don't think anyone did."

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