Posted in music | tour dates on June 7, 2013

by Bill Pearis


Visa Issues strike again, this time with trip hop pioneer Tricky who was supposed to be here next week for a show at Webster Hall on June 13. (Same night that was to have been The Pastels at the Bell House that just got canceled due to visa problems.)But "Due to unforeseen US Visa issues" he's postponing his tour until the fall, around the time he's here for Treasure Island Fest in San Francisco. Says the man:

I'm really sorry to have to tell you that I have to postpone the forthcoming US dates.

It is a situation that is compeletely beyond my control due to a US Visa issue. All I can do is go through the proper channels and secure the right visa. I hope you'll bear with me and I'll make sure that the rescheduled shows are worth the wait.

All tickets will be honored for the re-scheduled dates.
The new Webster Hall date is now October 2 and tickets are still available. New U.S. tour dates are below.

This will give you a little more time to familiarize yourself with Tricky's new album, False Idols, which is a bit of a throwback to the dark, smoky cool of Maxinquaye and Nearly God, working with a trio of female vocalits who recall his pairings with Martina Topley Bird or Elizabeth Frazier. Single "Bonnie & Clyde" (featuring Francesca Belmonte) is pretty great and you can check it out below.


Tricky - 2013 Tour Dates
10/1 Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
10/2 New York, NY - Webster Hall
10/3 Boston, MA - Royale
10/5 Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall
10/8 Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
10/9 Chicago, IL - Metro
10/12 Dallas, TX - House of Blues
10/13 Houston, TX - House of Blues
10/14 Austin, TX - Emo's
10/17 Denver, CO - Gothic Theatre
10/19 San Francisco, CA - Treasure Island Music Festival
10/23 Los Angeles, CA - El Rey
10/25 Asheville, NC - Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit



Comments (20)

It's tricky to rock a rhyme

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2013 5:34 PM

Sounds like a tricky situation.

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2013 5:40 PM


Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2013 8:36 PM

they told him to put on a shirt

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2013 12:07 AM

I don't understand how if you hire a tour manager--- you can have visa issues. I thought they take care of that shit.

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2013 1:09 AM

What's going on w/ these via issues? The Pastels canceled for the same reason.

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2013 9:01 AM

1:09-exactly. That's a tour managers job, how in this day and age can this happen? I get an int. visa in a couple of weeks, how does an artist, who's job it is to travel, have visa issues.

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2013 10:27 AM

Ya ever think that it's getting harder and harder for someone to get a visa that has a prison record?
It is getting more and more difficult for people to get into the US from other countries even if it was something minor that they did as a youth

Thank your president George W Obama..

(Not said through a phone call..I still have verizon)

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2013 10:44 AM

10:44-yeah, well you anticipate that months in advance, not send a "sorry, no show" a week before it happens. Don't buy it; he probably just doesn't feel like it, or ticket sales suck, so they blame visa issues

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2013 10:51 AM

^ Yup.

Posted by Oh...I have a tour coming up? | June 8, 2013 11:01 AM


The booking agent, manager and label take care of the visa. Not a tour manager. It's
really mostly the booking agent, since it
involves providing contracts, routings, and
all the basic info and details that come
from the work of an agent.

Also, when you see an act cancel or postpone an already announced tour or show because of
'visa issues' more than likely that means they didn't file for their work permits with enough time in advance and missed the cut off, making it too risky for an artist to
get on a plane and fly to the US only to risk the possibility of being turned away and have to fly right back to the country they came from - which happens.

You need as much time in advance as you can possibly muster, and since thinking and working efficiently in advance isn't really something most Artists are capable of doing, a lot of this is put off, delayed and procrastinated over. Ultimately leading to canceled shows and confused fans

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2013 11:09 AM



Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2013 11:29 AM

It's called low ticket sales. Postpone a few months and hope more people buy tickets so they don't end up owing venues and paying out of their own pocket. Don't let the 'visa issues' fool you, oldest trick in the book.

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2013 3:57 PM

It's difficult to get the proper visa these days to come over here and play shows. This happens all the time with all sorts of foreign artists, and not just musicians. The processing time is longer than it used to be and there are generally all sorts of hassles that didn't exist prior to a few years ago. The sequester doesn't help either. This is why you see so many cancellations. I know people who work in artists services in a major NYC cultural institution, who by the way are the ones who work on facilitating the visa process, and it's very unpredictable now in terms of how long it will take.

Anybody remember the Massive Attack song with the lyrics "going to America when I get my visa card 'cos getting a visa card nowadays isn't hard." That was then and this is now.

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2013 10:03 PM

Too bad. The new album "False Idols" is very good.

Posted by Anonymous | June 8, 2013 10:05 PM


Posted by Anonymous | June 9, 2013 10:12 AM

Hopefully bureaucracy doesn't keep him out of the game for too long.

Posted by James Moore | June 9, 2013 5:15 PM

It was not a visa issue. Ticket sales were the problem but you can't say that can you. Yes, visa issues get worked out long before scheduled concert dates. In rare cases they come up to a few days/nights before but not usually.

Sadly, our boy is not the draw he once was and will probably have to cancel the resecheduled dates due to same reason.

Posted by JMS | June 17, 2013 5:35 PM

I love this song so why won't tricky let it out to mobiles. I've bought the album for fuck sake. It's a decade old ill play hollow for my peeps

Posted by Gracie | September 20, 2013 10:51 AM

one of the best albums i`ve encountered. beats are brilliant! this song never gets old !

Posted by Ashlie | October 3, 2014 11:54 AM

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