‘Tonights show has been cancelled…’

A singer on stageThe band Passion Pit recently posted this, citing some of the reasons they have, or would consider, cancelling a show.

I understand all the reasons they state and admire the fact that Passion Pit acknowledge the number of people, other than the fans, that a cancellation adversely affects. Ultimately though, a cancellation does affect a bands relationship with their fans and , from what I can see, cancellations are all too The band Passion Pit recently posted this, citing some of the reasons they have, or would consider, cancelling a show.

I understand all the reasons they state and also admire the fact that Passion Pit acknowledge the number of people, other than the fans, that a cancellation adversely affects – promoters, touring local crew, the other bands on the bill for example. Ultimately though, a cancellation does affect a bands relationship with their fans and, from what I can see, cancellations are becoming all too common.
Maybe shows always used to get cancelled and it’s only our increased use of social media that enables us to be aware of the fact? Or are there just too many bands/artists/turntablists who view their commitment to performing as per the contract too lightly? All I know is, in 25 years of touring, I’ve only had to cancel three shows. Two because of extreme illness and the third because of ‘transportation issues’ (read: our plane could not take off because of a hurricane).

In contrast to the state of cancellations, I have worked with a major-label band whose entire back line was stolen the night before a show and who subsequently begged/borrowed and bought enough gear to play the show that night. The band was connected with their fans and would not, could not, let them down.

Whatever happened to ‘the show must go on?’

1 thought on “‘Tonights show has been cancelled…’

  1. Short, but great topic.

    I’ve always had the policy to never cancel unless it’s for extreme situations (bedridden illness, death in the family). It not only disappoints your fans, but if you’re a small band booking locally, it will hurt your rep with the venues you want to book.

    If you’re deemed unreliable, you won’t get gigs.

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