Jim Carroll

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Credit crunch conks Counting Crows

Those 138 readers (sorry, just did a recount, 27 readers) who were looking forward to seeing Counting Crows (or, more likely, support act The Hold Steady) in Dublin’s 02 and Belfast’s Odyssey in December now have a free date on …

Thu, Nov 13, 2008, 12:33

   

Those 138 readers (sorry, just did a recount, 27 readers) who were looking forward to seeing Counting Crows (or, more likely, support act The Hold Steady) in Dublin’s 02 and Belfast’s Odyssey in December now have a free date on their dance card because the band’s entire European tour has been 86′d.

The reason? Well, promoters MCD originally claimed it was down to “unexpected personal and work commitments”. But it now appears that the band are blaming the cancellations on the global financial shizzle. For real.

Here’s the business news from Adam Crow

“I just wanted to write a quick note to everyone about the change in our European tour. It happened for a few reasons. I’m sure everyone’s painfully aware of how hard it is for anyone to afford to spend money on anything right now but the fact that every currency in the world is acting a yo-yo at the moment also means that it’s very difficult for anyone, bands and promoters alike, to make a deal because no one has any way of knowing if cutting a deal in Australian Dollars or ours or the Euro or the Pound is going to turn out to be a be a good thing or bankrupt you. It makes international tours tough to figure out.

We just decided that it made more sense to move things to May when, hopefully, things will have settled down a bit. It also seemed like it might be an easier time for people to be able to afford to spend their hard-earned money on something like a concert. The only shame is that we weren’t actually struggling to sell tkts the way we thought we might. Wembley sold over 10,000 seats almost immediately.

Still, we thought about it and this just seemed like the best thing to do for everyone. We’re really sorry to disappoint those of you hoping for shows this winter. We will, however, see you in the Spring!”

The band’s Irish gigs have been rescheduled for May 7 (Belfast) and 8 (Dublin). Interesting that they cite the ticket tally for the London show – wonder how many tickets they had sold for the Irish shows before they yanked them? Anyone with TM manifests to the comments field as fast as your little legs can carry you.

Will the “credit crunch” take over from “unforseen circumstances” as the prefered excuse for under-performing bands and promoters in 2009?

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