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Many factors determine if shows like Miley Cyrus’ are canceled or postponed


04/16/2014 1:09 PM

05/16/2014 1:11 PM

Thousands of fans who were disappointed by the cancellation of the Miley Cyrus show on Tuesday can hope she will return on another date, but as of now, no plans have been announced to reschedule the Sprint Center show or Wednesday’s show at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis.

Both were canceled after Cyrus was hospitalized Tuesday in Kansas City for an allergic reaction to antibiotics. She previously canceled her April 7 show in Charlotte, N.C., because she was ill with the flu. That show also has not been rescheduled.

“We have told the promoter (Live Nation) we are very interested in rescheduling the show,” Sprint Center spokeswoman Shani Tate told The Star.

However, Tate said the decision to reschedule or cancel is subject to several factors.

“I haven’t seen the rest of her tour schedule and how it is routed, but that is a factor,” Tate said.

Cyrus started the North American leg of her Bangerz Tour in Vancouver on Feb. 14, the first of 39 shows. She has six more shows scheduled in the U.S. between April 18 through the 25, but only two open dates: April 22 and 23. At that point she will be in the northeast, between shows in Philadelphia and Uniondale, N.Y. On May 2, Cyrus begins a six-week, 23-show tour of Europe, which ends on June 17.

It’s not uncommon for shows to be rescheduled shortly after a postponement.

Cyrus postponed her Oct. 3, 2009, Wonder World Tour show at the Sprint Center a day before it was scheduled. She rescheduled it for two weeks later, when her tour was still in the Midwest. And Mumford and Sons added several September shows to the end of its 2013 summer tour, including one at Cricket Wireless Amphitheater in Bonner Springs, after postponing several June shows because its bass player needed emergency brain surgery.

Tacking two shows in Missouri on to the end of an overseas tour isn’t improbable but that time may not be available either, Tate said

“She may already have other obligations booked after the tour is scheduled to end,” she said.

The Bangerz Tour was an extravaganza, featuring truckloads of stage sets and props and other moving parts, which can be another impediment to rescheduling.

“Usually you do everything you can to reschedule because nobody wants to give all that money back,” said music promoter Brett Mosiman, who runs Pipeline Productions, which puts on the annual Wakarusa music festival and promotes shows in Kansas City and Lawrence.

“But with those high-production shows, you can have dancers and orchestras and backup singers, and you can’t always guarantee you can have all that two months later. It’s different than Neil Young and a guitar and a stool.”

Though Cyrus had tweeted on Monday that she’d been feeling poorly, Tate said, “We’d been preparing all day for the show to on.”

Though not speaking about the Cyrus show, she said that in some instances the venue’s expenses are covered in case of a cancellation.

“But it can depend on what time the show was canceled, whether doors had opened,” she said.

“All venues have standard language in contracts” regarding cancellations, she said.

The Sprint Center got word shortly after 5 p.m. Tuesday that Cyrus would have to cancel. Doors were scheduled to open at 6 p.m. for the 7:30 p.m. concert. About 14,000 fans were expected to attend. Ticket holders can get a refund at the point of purchase.

Mosiman said there are ways for promoters to protect themselves from non-appearance or weather cancellations.

“You can get cancellation coverage and weather coverage,” Mosiman said. “So if the performer doesn’t show up or his plane gets canceled or delayed or the weather is really bad.

“But unless you have that, you’re not going to recoup anything. And when it’s canceled this last-minute, you’ve already paid production and security, you’ve already spent money on advertising, and if they come back, you’ve got to spend all that money again. Sometimes, you can work out with the management and agent building those losses into the next show, even if it’s not a reschedule but just the next visit. But basically, unless you have coverage, you’re screwed. It’s a roll of the dice.”

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