Women's Lilith tour drops 10 dates amid poor sales

Thu Jul 1, 2010 11:23pm EDT
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Women rockers have become the latest victims of a weak concert season in North America.

Organizers of the all-female Lilith Fair festival tour, co-founded by Canadian singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan in 1997, announced on Thursday that they would cancel almost one-third of the scheduled shows.

Lilith, which kicked off in Calgary on Sunday after an 11-year break, is to drop such big markets as Montreal, Houston and Dallas, with organizers citing "one of the most challenging summer concert seasons."

To be sure, it is not just a gender issue. Artists such as Christina Aguilera, the Eagles, Rihanna, John Mayer, Limp Bizkit, and the Go-Go's have either canceled shows or entire tours.

U2 also canceled a big stadium tour, but that was after singer Bono suffered a back injury.

Billboard magazine recently cited such factors as high ticket prices and consumer resistance to numerous fees, as well as ill-advised touring by artists with nothing new to promote.

It also pointed the finger at industry giant Live Nation Entertainment Inc, saying it pays artists too much money and struggles to give acts enough promotional attention since an estimated 70 percent of touring traffic occurs during the warm months.

A spokeswoman for Live Nation, which recently slashed prices and unveiled other promotions, was not immediately available for comment.

Lilith certainly received a lot of media attention, riding the nostalgia wave generated by the festival's original 1997-1999 incarnation.   Continued...