Gorillaz reschedule their world tour!

Gorillaz have rescheduled their world tour to incorporate a 20 date trip to the US, while cancelling three of their European dates! Their original tour of Europe included Glasgow, Newcastle and Milan – after selling thousands of tickets for these shows the Gorillaz management team have decided to cancel them completely while announcing new dates for other cities. Is this yet more proof of the complete lack of nous from Gorillaz beleaguered label – EMI? It’s standard for many gigs to be cancelled or rescheduled through illness or injury – it is another thing when gigs are cancelled and redistributed to other cities that are hundreds of miles away. Where was the sense in cancelling Newcastle and adding Brighton to the tour? Not many fans from Newcastle will want to travel down to the south coast town? Pity the poor Milan fans who’ve now seen their city date cancelled, only for the much smaller city of Antwerp get the nod instead!

The main reasons cited for this ill-advised and mismanaged rescheduling is the incorporation of a world tour rather than the initial European tour for the Gorillaz collective.  This type of fudged and hastily announced strategy change is unfathomable for a globally recognised band, especially in today’s mass marketed and corporative world of 12 month plans and targeted commerce.  OK, the one thing we all like about Gorillaz is the ad hoc, collective vibe of Albarn’s whimsy, although cancelling dates of certain cities and then announcing dates for different – smaller cities will only anger and disappoint.  Music fans invest a lot of time and money – gigs are expensive and have therefore become great social events where fans base whole itineraries around, cancelling venues where thousands of tickets have already been sold will diminish the incredible bond between bands and their fans.

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3 Comments to “Gorillaz reschedule their world tour!”

  1. I am awaiting my refund for 4 Glasgow tickets – that’s £204 of my money they’ve had for 2 months. Fuming that they cancel Glasgow and set up new Brighton gig!

    Sent this to LiveNation:

    From: Alan Kerr [mailto:Alan.Kerr@scotent.co.uk]
    Sent: 26 July 2010 11:16
    To: Brook, Thomas
    Subject: RE: Gorillaz Tour Dates
    Dear Mr. Brook,
    Is there anybody that I can contact to demand a full explanation as to why an 8 September gig in Glasgow has to be cancelled for a new schedule of dates that doesn’t appear to start until North America sometime in October.
    There is no way the four of us are taking time off work and getting discount (ha!) coach travel to get to a Manchester gig.
    This is shoddy treatment of Scottish fans – the cancellation of the one-and-only date in Scotland and the appearance of a new date in Brighton!
    Who can I write to in order that I can register how very angry I am over this situation.
    Regards,
    Alan Kerr

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