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The return of “unforeseen circumstances”

They’re back. We speak, of course, of “unforeseen circumstances”, every promoter’s prefered excuse when they have to cancel a show. This time, it is The Eagles and their mooted show in Galway’s Pearse Stadium in June which has got knocked …

Tue, Apr 21, 2009, 09:45

   

They’re back. We speak, of course, of “unforeseen circumstances”, every promoter’s prefered excuse when they have to cancel a show. This time, it is The Eagles and their mooted show in Galway’s Pearse Stadium in June which has got knocked on the head due to “unforeseen circumstances”.

On The Record has always believed that “unforeseen circumstances” is promoterspeak for “look, we didn’t sell enough tickets for the gig and we need to get out of this one in doublequick time so dust down the unforeseen circumstances excuse and hope the usual suspects just print that and don’t raise any awkward questions”.

But this is The Eagles we are talking about – the frigging Eagles, man – and we thought they were bona-fide stadium fillers at €86.25, €106.25 and €131.25 a pop. So, I suppose, did the promoter.

Of course, there may well be a completely viable set of “unforeseen circumstances” which caused the cancellation of a major show like this. A date-clash with a local parish mission? A threatened invasion of flesh-eating zombies from Roscommon and Leitrim? An administrative oversight which meant the promoter’s rep forgot to book the sushi for the band’s rider? You get the idea

So, over to you, what do you think are the “unforeseen circumstances” which mean The Eagles are blanking Galway this summer? Make with the funnies on a glorious Tuesday.