posted by davidt on Monday June 21 2004, @11:30PM
prolb writes:

As reported by MTV News..

"Three weeks prior to kickoff, Lollapalooza has been canceled. Organizers cited poor ticket sales as the reason the 31-date, 16-city trek was called off..."

Rest of the article can be found here.

Update: 06/22 16:02 GMT: The official Lollapalooza site has been updated with news of the cancellation.
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  • Lollapolooza I was the only good show (NIN, Souixsie, etc). I like Morrissey in smaller venues anyway & It wasn't coming thru Phoenix anyway so I did't care. But I am looking forward to the fall (small venue) tour anyway.
    Anonymous -- Monday June 21 2004, @11:44PM (#111844)
  • Where can I see Moz in L.A.?
    Anonymous -- Tuesday June 22 2004, @12:01AM (#111847)
  • First I show up at Kilborn only to see a sign that announces Morrissey's cancellation due to illness. Next it was that stupid Pepsi Smash.

    Only two weeks ago I had won tickets to Lollapalooza on 91x. Just today they phoned to tell me that my tickets were ready to be picked up...

    Oooohhh the anguish and sorrow! Fate is keeping Morrissey and I apart...Farewell cruel world, I'm off to hang myself now.
    Anonymous -- Tuesday June 22 2004, @12:04AM (#111850)
    • Re:Ouch! by Anonymous (Score:0) Tuesday June 22 2004, @10:59AM
      • Re:Ouch! by suedehed (Score:1) Tuesday June 22 2004, @11:55AM
        • Re:Ouch! by Anonymous (Score:0) Tuesday June 22 2004, @05:04PM
    • ME TOO (re: 91X) by Anonymous (Score:0) Tuesday June 22 2004, @05:46PM
  • Well on the plus side, there's no way I would see ANY band that I love at any festival that big. Who wants to stand next to a bunch of drunk oft-violent frat boys who are booing at the artist you bought the ridiculously priced ticket to see? This frees me from the moral agony of wanting to see Morrissey at any cost, just not... at that thing.

    I'm not naive enough to believe this will increase chances for a solo Morrissey visit to Tucson Arizona, though. (Glad he did make it here 2 years ago - it made this humdrum town feel... special)
    sadlad -- Tuesday June 22 2004, @12:10AM (#111851)
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  • Ticket sales are actually strong for Bob & Co. Hmmm... for all you anti-Cure people, what does that say about Morrissey?
    Anonymous -- Tuesday June 22 2004, @12:11AM (#111852)
  • Guitars, Amplifiers, Drums, etc: Several Thousand Dollars

    Travel expenses / Setting up the tour: Hundreds of thousands of dollars

    Promotion: Thousands of dollars.

    Getting to cancel your whole tour and not be held responsible or lose credibility: Priceless

    There are some things that money can't buy, for everything else there is Morrissey.
    Anonymous -- Tuesday June 22 2004, @12:20AM (#111856)
  • wow. they don't even have this news on or the ticketmaster website yet, so you can still buy tickets at this point.
    Anonymous -- Tuesday June 22 2004, @12:33AM (#111859)
  • Festival was possible! They must have known this a few days ago when they confirmed Fuji Rock, I would assume. I hate festivals like this, but I was glad that I was going to see Moz and Sonic Youth, whom I also love. I think that their first mistake was spreading it over two days. They should have stuck to one day, dropped that whole string cheese shit, kept Moz, Sonic, The Flaming Lips, Modest Mouse booked to play on the same and only day. Plus ticket prices were fucked, even after they said that they were going to be lower this year. I mean, after service charges, I paid about $75.00 per show. Imagine if you were someone that wanted to go to both dates. I can respect what they were trying to do with the lineup, but basing a two day festival around these mostly indie bands for such high prices at huge amphitheaters was probably not a good idea. We will just have to wait for a solo Moz tour. The reason they were not playing Ventura is beacause they are scheduled to be playing another LA date later in the year.
    Sharron Needles -- Tuesday June 22 2004, @12:46AM (#111863)
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  • day 1 (and only one day)
    line up

    Pearl Jam
    Franz Ferdinand
    The Yeah Yeah Yeahs
    the strokes
    The Cure
    The Damned

    Well If its true Its Been canceld then too bad and to sad cause It did seem pretty cool line up
    even though Not exactly the festival of my dreams just Moz was going to be there that I really do love Oh sonic youth and modest mouse would have been real something too. but what can we do?
    tenderliz -- Tuesday June 22 2004, @01:04AM (#111872)
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  • ... because Morrissey, being the reliable and decent gentleman he is, will immediately set up a tour that takes in all the places cancelled here. And be honest, how many of you really WANTED to see him at a festival rather than a concert?
    Georgethetwentythird -- Tuesday June 22 2004, @01:28AM (#111877)
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  • this is great news i saved myself a 3 hour drive to see moz in a huge venue. hopefully a full tour us tour will arise.
    hdlm_omie -- Tuesday June 22 2004, @01:36AM (#111879)
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  • Morrissey and the Pixies

    The Pixies were supposed to tour along with
    lolla, maybe Morrissey can work a tour out
    with them.

    OTOH, HE can now organize HIS Quarry world tour
    [as everyone hoped that would happen after lolla
    and the eurofestivals]

    I think it's good news
    Celibate Cry <[email protected]> -- Tuesday June 22 2004, @01:54AM (#111881)
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  • So all you guys have been let down , but the tone of the posts seems to point blame at Morrissey. Thats indicative of his unreliability..
    But this was cancelled by the organisers and besides if Morrissey had dropped out the was still enough bands to hold the concerts or they could have drafted someone else in.
    I don't see how blame can be so easily misdirected.
    However - i do feel for you...
    L'Estrange -- Tuesday June 22 2004, @02:44AM (#111890)
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  • Called It... (Score:0, Redundant)

    Alright, give Dewdrop his due...he called it a couple of weeks ago...maybe we should be living our lives the way he wants us to and leaning politically the way he does...he's so smart...and good looking...

    By the way, everyone posting is right, Moz will be much better on his own than at Crapapalooza...

    Bush 58
    Kerry 34
    Nader 6
    Dewdrop 2 (uh-oh! sneaking up on them!)
    dewdrop -- Tuesday June 22 2004, @04:13AM (#111899)
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  • dates that morrissey didn't have to cancel himself!

    it's vaguely jaw dropping, but then, when i think about it, the line up mostly sucked.

    but then, smiles of smiles, i'm not too sad about it. maybe that means morrissey will schedule dates in real venues!
    suzanne -- Tuesday June 22 2004, @05:51AM (#111916)
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  • I had tickets to the Boston area show, but I am actually pretty happy about this development. Bring on a proper solo tour!
    Anonymous -- Tuesday June 22 2004, @06:58AM (#111928)
    • Re:Fine by me. by handsome devil (Score:1) Tuesday June 22 2004, @06:57PM
  • your lucky stars...
    SOUTHPAWmuse -- Tuesday June 22 2004, @08:37AM (#111936)
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  • First off, a "proper" tour could take quite a while because most venues are booked far in advance.

    Second, its a damn shame the tour was cancelled. I think real music fans are just too damn lazy or scared to drive somewhere out of the way, hit a little traffic, deal with "scary' big crowds, or the sun to appreciate a hell of a lineup of good music. This country pisses me off.
    Anonymous -- Tuesday June 22 2004, @09:09AM (#111946)
  • I didn't want to go to that anyways. Now Moz can do his own tour.
    BreakUpTheFamily -- Tuesday June 22 2004, @09:25AM (#111948)
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  • The website says Lollapalooza cancelled due to poor ticket sales. The organizers and owners don't understand why ticket sales were weak. I must tell you, I think I do. 4 major factors stick out on why the kids weren't buying.

    1. You can't have a 2 day festival on a Monday and Tuesday. To pay for a ticket - you gotta work, and most of us do that during the week. The dates should've been weekends only.

    2. The Line-up wasn't all that. The line-up was claimed to be really awesome, but I'd say the 95% of hardcore Lollapalooza goers ABSOLUTELY HATED the second day headliner, The String Cheese Incident. They are a hippie jam band. That's like putting Mandy Moore or Hillary Duff on the Vans Warped tour. Sure, you get a diverse line up but does it really work?

    3. The line-up is misleading. Some of the major artsts: Pixies, Wilco, Basement Jaxx, PJ Harvey were only playing a date or two.

    4. Coachella, Glastonbury and Curiosa. All of these tours / festivals are a better Lollapalooza than Lollapalooza is. You had 120,000 people at Coachella this year, so when you ask a lot of those same people to fork over another 100.00 for The String Cheese Incident, The Flaming Lips and Gomez - you're going to have problems. Curiosa's tour is one day - half the price and the bands (for the most part) ARE MUCH, MUCH BETTER. I would rather go spend 50 bones to see The Cure, Interpol The Rapture, Mogwai, Muse, Cursive etc... on one day than mess around with what Lollapalooza had to offer.
    cdubya -- Tuesday June 22 2004, @09:53AM (#111956)
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  • I was only going to see Moz but I don't feel that bad as I already saw him in LA this tour. Sucks for the fans that were counting on this as their chance to see him though. Wonder if this changes his touring plans?
    savor the flavor -- Tuesday June 22 2004, @10:12AM (#111962)
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  • I'm glad Morrissey won't have to do "that festival" now. I'd much rather see just him in an intimate indoor venue. I like the idea that someone above mentioned about a travelling Meltdown curated by Moz. I, too, would pay good money to see that. is back up, and it still lists the Lottalosers dates in the tour section. As ever, it's not a patch on!
    Anonymous -- Tuesday June 22 2004, @10:17AM (#111964)
  • my girlfriend and i, along w/ my brother and a friend had all bought tickets. i'm pissed! yes, seeing Moz at a smaller venue would have been much better but i was really looking forward to seeing Bumblebeez 81 and BRMC as well. i'm pissed.
    Anthony -- Tuesday June 22 2004, @10:47AM (#111969)
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  • I have to admit that the line up did stink. I have no desire to see Sonic Youth, the Flaming Lips, or The String Cheese Incident.

    What would be great is if Morrissey joined up with the cure for Curiosa Festival.
    Dagenham Dave -- Tuesday June 22 2004, @11:02AM (#111975)
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  • This is the second time i have bought my tickets, excitedly. Been cancelled on, disapointingly! Never again will i even bother to inquire when i see the word lollapalooza. If they have to cancell dates years in a row supposedly due to low ticket sales, isn't it time to pack it in?

    not only maladjusted, but truly pissed off!!!
    the write one <[email protected]> -- Tuesday June 22 2004, @11:04AM (#111977)
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  • I am glad that The Lollapapa thing is canceled! Hopefully Morrissey will plan his own tour now!

    Maybe they are just mad because they cannot market the water supply, therefore losing out of $2 per bottled water for every person there like The Coachella Festival did. You figure $2 X 600,000 people X 2 days X 4 Bottles of water per person = Well that is enough to make anyone sick!

    These big stinky festivals are nothing more than sleazy concentration camps for zombified teens (and i must be one, cuz no one ever turns to me to say, take me in your arms and love me!) who love to waste their money on overpriced torture!

    One good thing about these events is the General Admission thing, giving you an honest chance at getting to the front if you are a TRUE FAN and not just some kid whose daddy bought a front row ticket!

    "This World, I am afraid, is designed for Crashing Bores!"

    **This Post has been modified from the original to conform to the emotional vunerability of the moderator :) ** I like caps man- it stands out to prove a point of lameness indeed.
    TheMusikBox <[email protected]> -- Tuesday June 22 2004, @11:13AM (#111982)
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  • this was the first opportunity (ie, money, transportation) i had to see moz live. even though it was at a big festival situation, i'm still really upset. this sucks.
    Viola <[email protected]> -- Tuesday June 22 2004, @11:36AM (#111989)
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  • it was too f'ing expensive. the industry sucks. the only artists worth the effort of being a fan are the ones who blaze their own trails and buck the trends.
    jessesamuel -- Tuesday June 22 2004, @11:43AM (#111992)
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  • I'm sad about this because I don't know if another opportunity will arise when I'm able to see Morrissey so easily. Will he eventually come to Ohio on his own? Probably not... and transportation is hard to come by... and I'm poor. :((

    (And I was willing and prepared to tolerate any crap that came my way during the show, too... I love Morrissey that much. Stupid social anxiety disorder...)
    Anonymous-shnonymous <[email protected]> -- Tuesday June 22 2004, @11:46AM (#111994)
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  • i cried today, i cried at work. i'm 27 & i cried at work. this is the best lineup i believe lollapalooza ever had & they cannot sell tickets. maybe because they never promoted this tour. i thought it was odd i received 7th row tickets a day after tickets went on sale. isn't there a petition we can sign??
    *puella* -- Tuesday June 22 2004, @11:54AM (#111996)
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  • new jersey.

    *puella* -- Tuesday June 22 2004, @11:57AM (#111999)
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  • Has anyone heard anything about how they are going to refund us yet? I bought a few tickets from the ticketmaster website, and a few from the Lollapalooza website. Does anyone know how they will do it, like do we have to send the tickets back or anything, or will they automatically credit our card?
    Sharron Needles -- Tuesday June 22 2004, @12:52PM (#112022)
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  • What pisses me off is hearing a lot of American Morrissey fans say they didn't buy tickets to Lollapalooza because they don't want to be around all the young people. "morrissey fans are older". not. when i went to his shows in New York this past tour, the average age was in mid to late 20s. guess what. look at the bands that were in this years Lolla lineup and they were bands that would appeal to the same age group--bringing in the same average age. ZYou think PJ Harvey is a teenie performer? Granted i think the promoters made a lot of mistakes. but. . .

    Considering Morrissey was a headliner, it's unfortunate his fans did not come through in the states. None of us knew that in the last ten years or so, his fans turned into a bunch of Republican, age-ist losers.

    Morrissey was never serving to just you. He isn't a nostalgic act so get over the fact that his new stuff since 1995 doesn't sound like his first solo stuff. Thank god it doesn't!!

    But whatever. I am slowly being turned off from Morrissey, due to a large part of his fan base in the states being composed of losers. Way to go!

    "I can't stand concerts where you don't get assigned seats."

    what dreadful people.

    Randall's Island was going to kick ass. it was the only date making money. they should still have it on to thank New Yorkers for not being lame.
    Anonymous -- Tuesday June 22 2004, @04:35PM (#112067)
  • I'm 21 been a Moz fan for about 5 or 6 years... never been able to see him. I'm in Salt Lake and was going to get tickets to the Denver lolla.... Crossing fingers hoping he does a full US tour and comes atleast a bit closer
    blackeyedrachel -- Tuesday June 22 2004, @04:51PM (#112070)
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  • goes: Now that "Lollawhatever" has been cancelled AND you seem to now have a wee bit of time up your sleeve in July & August AND your excellent new album desperately requires some attention/promotion in the Southern Hemisphere (remember this side of the planet?)(BTW promotion in OZ is virtually non-existent) AND tickets for your previous tour a couple of years ago sold out immediately AND because you cancelled almost the entire "Kill Uncle" tour in this country in the early 90's (we don't forget such traumas easily) AND because you said you'd be back, but it took you more than 10 years to do so AND because your Australian (& New Zealand fans) need to be satiated by your presence AND because the look on your face (especially at the Forum show in Melbourne) on the last tour was one of shock at the massively enthusiastic crowd reaction you and the band received AND because Japan is only "a hop, skip and jump" from our sunny shores...your Australian (& New Zealand) fanbase requests that you tour asap!!!

    OK...forget all the above very valid reasons; how about if I just ask nicely? Please, please, please let us get what we want!!!!!!!
    Anonymous -- Tuesday June 22 2004, @07:23PM (#112090)
  • I really feel sorry for poor South Eastern US Morrissey fans (the five of us that actually would go) who probably won't see Morrissey in Atlanta. Why does he avoid the American South? I just watched Deliverance for the first time, and now I can't walk around my Southern suburban neighborhood without keeping an eye on my holiest of holes!
    Then again, maybe it's the pork.
    If he makes up for the loss by rescheduling (even more shows, perhaps?), I would actually gain a great deal more respect for him. Right now, it seems like he's flaking as his success grows. This tour cancellation seems like yet another bad career move--he'd best be glad his fan base is a sturdy (and with such strong vocal chords!).
    Raoul Duke -- Tuesday June 22 2004, @08:06PM (#112093)
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  • It's a shame that the Lollapalooza dates have been cancelled, but I have to ask if anyone was really surprised. Anyone interested in attending day one exclusively and purchasing reserved seating really was forced into buying tickets for the entire 2 day event. Single day tickets were available for pucrhase a week later leaving people with slim options, in all likelihood shoddy leftovers and lawn seating. I sincerely hope a tour can be pulled together to touch on most cities "Lolla" was hitting.
    Barnaby Bear -- Tuesday June 22 2004, @08:24PM (#112096)
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  • Funny joke, but made me stop and wonder how well "America Is Not The World" would have played in front of (what was presumed to be) a large crowd filled with many who had no interest in seeing Morrissey, but would have taken great redneck exception to the song. ("Where did that poof say we should shove our hamburger!?! Les' git 'im!!)

    I would hate to see Morrissey threatened a la Salman Rushdie. There are still a lot of Americans who still cling to this country's self-image as Big Tough Friendly Helpful Global Daddy.

    I'm not a huge fan of the song itself - the sentiment is right, as is the refrain of "I Love You". But a lot of the lyrics are under-developed, and the production and performance make it sound much better than it is. It's grown on me as much as it ever will.

    I doubt a casual festival crowd would be so nuanced, and we'll never know if Morrissey and band would have played it at all. To do so might have been a very Public Image Limited-style confrontation move.
    sadlad -- Tuesday June 22 2004, @12:35AM (#111861)
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