Entries tagged with: cancellations
Swedish post-metal band Cult of Luna were supposed to go on a three-date North American tour this week hitting Montreal, NYC and the Psycho California festival, but unfortunately the whole thing was cancelled. The band made a video explaining the cancellation (visa issues), which you can watch here. On the bright side though, they say there's a September tour TBA soon with stops in LA, Toronto, Montreal, NYC and more, and Psycho California tickets will be honored at all dates. Stay tuned for more details.
Sam Smith had to recently cancel a few dates after suffering from damaged vocal cords, and unfortunately he's now saying he needs to go into surgery and will be gone for 6-8 more weeks. He posted the above picture.
Sam Smith is forced to call off his appearance at the Rock Werchter Festival (Belgium). The young Briton has been battling with vocal cord problems and needs surgery. Sam Smith cancels all his scheduled forthcoming shows and festival performances, including his show at Rock Werchter on Saturday 27 June. The programming for Saturday will be rearranged. The festival organization wishes Sam a full and speedy recovery. Stay tuned for more news.Denmark's Northside Fest reports:
At the end of last month Sam Smith suffered a hemorrhage on his vocal cord, and he was forced to cancel shows in Australia, so he could rest his voice.The singer then went to the US to see a specialist, who in turn recommended en operation, which means Sam Smith isn't allowed to sing before July at the earliest.Hopefully that means he'll be better by the time of Forecastle Festival, Lollapalooza, and his other July/August US dates. Those are all listed below...
Melody's Echo Chamber was supposed to be in the US this week, playing Levitation Fest in Austin on Sunday (5/10) and shows in NYC and LA right after. Unfortunately she's not going to make it due to -- you guessed it -- visa issues. Her NYC show, which was scheduled for May 12 at Music Hall of Williamsburg, will now happen at MHOW on August 25. Tickets are on sale, tickets from the original date will be honored and refunds are available at point of purchase.
For folks going to Levitation this weekend, Chelsea Wolfe has been added in Melody's place.
Atlanta hip hop trio Migos were supposed to begin a tour with OG Maco this past weekend, but all dates were postponed. The group issued the following statement:
Due to circumstances beyond our control, we are postponing this tour until July. We want to be at our best and make sure that we give 100 percent during the Yung Rich Nation tour. We would also like to say 'Thank you' to all our fans for their love and support.The tour would have hit NYC this Thursday (5/7) at Irving Plaza. Refunds are available at point of purchase, and internet and phone orders will automatically be cancelled and refunded. A rescheduled date is TBA.
The tour cancellation follows the news that members were arrested at a Georiga Southern University concert on April 28. A statement given to FADER reads:
On 4/18/15 Georgia Southern University held its annual Spring concert at Hanner Field House on Fair Rd, Statesboro. The featured act, Migos, contracted with Georgia Southern to perform at the venue. Security at the event was provided by officers of the Georgia Southern University Police Department, officers of the Statesboro Police Department, and deputies with the Bulloch County Sheriff's Office. The joint Statesboro-Bulloch Crime Suppression Team was also present. Prior to the arrival of the group only two arrests had been made for minor misdemeanors.Stay tuned for any more announcements. All affected dates are listed below...
Upon the arrival of the group and its associates in two vans, members of the Crime Suppression Team detected a very potent smell of marijuana coming from those vehicles. As the Migos went inside Hanner to perform, CST investigators contacted the drivers of both vehicles. Subsequent investigation led to the discovery of marijuana, a separate Schedule II drug, and multiple firearms in the vehicles. These discoveries were intensely concerning as the drugs and firearms had been brought to a university sponsored event where over a thousand students were congregated. All occupants of the two vans were arrested after leaving the stage following the Migos performance, a total of 15 in all. They were transported to the Bulloch County Jail where they await bond review by the District Attorney's Office. The three members of the Migos were charged as follows:
Quavious Marshall (24 yoa, Lawrenceville Ga): Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance, Possession of Marijuana (misd), Possession of a Firearm in a School Safety Zone, and Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Crime
Kirschnick Ball (20 yoa, Lawrenceville Ga): Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance, Possession of Marijuana (misd), Possession of a Firearm in a School Safety Zone, and Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Crime
Kiari Cephus (23 yoa, Lawrenceville Ga): Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance, Possession of Marijuana (misd), Possession of a Firearm in a School Safety Zone, and Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Crime
photo: Ides of Gemini at Webster Hall in 2013 (more by Lukas Hodge)
Doom trio Ides of Gemini were to have played four NYC shows this week -- three opening for The Mountain Goats (tonight, 4/9, at Webster and 4/11-12 at City Winery) and a headlining show on Friday (4/10) at Saint Vitus. Unfortunately, they've cancelled all four. They write:
Due to Kelly's injury, we will be unable to play the scheduled NYC shows with the the Mountain Goats at Webster Hall (tonight) & the City Winery (Saturday & Sunday) - as well as our scheduled show at Saint Vitus Bar (Friday) with Kosmodemonic & Steve Brodsky. With a few days of rest and a little luck, we're hoping we can rejoin the Mountain Goats tour in Philly on Monday night.Bummer. Feel better Kelly, and hopefully they'll get back on the road sooner than later.
Tonight's Mountain Goats show at Webster Hall will instead have Emil Amos' band Holy Sons opening. No replacement has been announced for the City Winery shows. All three are sold out.
photo: Wilco at the Cap in 2014 (more by PSquared)
We are canceling our May 7 show at the Murat in Indianapolis. The "Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act" feels like thinly disguised legal discrimination to us. Hope to get back to the Hoosier State someday soon, when this odious measure is repealed. Refunds available at point of purchase.Indiana Governor Mike Pence says the bill -- which could make it legal for businesses to turn away LGBT customers for religious reasons -- "isn't about discrimination," but not everyone's buying it.
In less upsetting news, the daily lineups were announced today for Wilco's Solid Sound Festival.
by Bill Pearis
We are really sorry to tell you that unfortunately we are forced to cancel our upcoming US/Canadian tour. There has been an unexplained hold-up in the visa process and we will now not have them back in time for the tour which was due to start in Santa Ana, CA next week. I don't know whether this is some kind of backlog from SXSW or whether we are just an unfortunate anomaly, but everything was submitted with plenty of time, and there were zero issues with visas when we played in New York 18 months ago, so we're just as confused and upset as anyone else.You can read their whole message below. Dates included two in NYC at Palisades and Rough Trade. Major bummer. Their label, Weird World, uses the phrase "postpone" not "cancel" so let's hope they come back sooner than later.
We've spent the last 6 months organising this trip along with our US booking agent Alisa and the good people at Domino, so devastated doesn't really begin to cover it.
The band were to have played a lunchtime "Soundcheck Live" show today too (it would have started at 1:30 PM) but it was canceled due to band illness. Tonight's show is still on, though. Rest up, guys.
Meanwhile, of Montreal have a new video for "Bassem Sabry" (from Aureate Gloom) which you can watch below. They've also expanded their tour and all dates, including a slew of SXSW appearances, are listed below....
above is a screenshot of a 1/15 tweet by band Viet Cong
One of 2015's fastest rising indie bands, Viet Cong, has been the subject of many articles lately, not because of their music, but because of their controversial name. Though maybe not immediately obvious to most young Americans, "Viet Cong" is a loaded term. Sang Nguyen at Impose wrote:
This history of violence is what I am reminded of every time I see Viet Cong's band name pop up on my news feed, in the music media, and on festival line-ups. Comprised of two ex-members of the band Women (also a pretty contentious name considering none of the members were actually women), Viet Cong have released records on labels like Jagjaguwar, Mexican Summer, and Flemish Eye, while garnering critical acclaim from Stereogum, NPR and even Impose. Pitchfork, who in recent months have done a thorough job calling attention to instances of misogyny, racism, and cultural appropriation in popular music, gave the band's recent album "Best New Music" status and have them booked at both SXSW and their annual summer festival. [Impose]The controversy has been known to the Canadian band for as long as they've been putting themselves out there. They've talked about it in interviews. Comments show up in forums and on social media, even by the band themselves (see above), but it all just really bubbled to the surface last week when Oberlin College cancelled a show. A statement from the college reads:
I am writing to officially announce the cancellation of the Viet Cong show at Oberlin College's Dionysus Discotheque (commonly known as The 'Sco) meant to take place on Saturday March 14th, 2015. This statement aims to express the reasoning behind such a move. As the person behind booking this band, I would first and foremost like to apologize on both my and my booking organization's behalf for inviting a band with a name that deeply offends and hurts Vietnamese and Vietnamese-American communities, both in Oberlin and beyond. I acknowledge the problematic nature of a band naming themselves "Viet Cong" and extend my apology to anyone hurt or made uncomfortable by the name and its connotations.You can read the rest of that HERE.
Viet Cong is of course not the first band whose name has caused this kind of reaction. There are many examples including Joy Division (named after Nazi concentration camp brothels described in the novel House of Dolls) and New Order (perceived Nazi connotations). A more recent example is Muslims who changed their name to The Soft Pack. Another band who can definitely relate is Gang of Four, who also happen to be an active band right now too. In fact, the current lineup is on tour now and they play Irving Plaza in NYC TONIGHT (Saturday, 3/7 --- tickets still available).
We caught up with Gang of Four original and current member Andy Gill and asked him what he thought about the Viet Cong situation. Here's what he told us:
ANDY GILL of GANG OF FOUR to BROOKLYNVEGAN:Catch Gang of Four on tour and at SXSW where Viet Cong is also playing before their own upcoming tour.
it's a little ridiculous to ban bands for their name. We can all think of dozens of bands with really quite offensive names and as soon as you get into being the guardian of public morality, taking it upon yourself to decide whats ok and what is not, you are acting in an illiberal, undemocratic and anti-progressive way. People should be treated as grown ups, capable of making their own decisions . We should not be deciding for people what we think they are capable of understanding or not. Artists; film-makers, writers, musicians need to be un-censored so they can make their point, political or otherwise. - Andy
Swedish post-punks Makthaverskan had to delay their US tour due to visa issues, forcing them to cancel last Wednesday's Brooklyn show, but they were supposed to get here in time for this Sunday's (3/8) NYC show at the Studio at Webster Hall. Unfortunately, they've had to drop off the Webster show too. They write:
Disappointing news came through this morning regarding the Makthaverskan 3/8 show at The Studio. The band has hit yet another snag in their continuing visa complications and will not be receiving their visas until Monday 3/9. As of today all shows from 3/9 on will continue as usual. Unfortunately these issues have cost them their New York, Boston and Philadelphia appearances which has been devastating for the band :'(Fingers crossed that Makthaverskan get here sooner than later. You can still see Self Defense Family and Creative Adult at this Sunday's show without Makthaverskan, and tickets for that are on sale.
Once we sort everything out we're going to try really hard to get them to New York very soon!
Swedish post-punks Makthaverskan were supposed to begin their tour with Self Defense Family and Creative Adult this week, but unfortunately due to visa issues they're not able to fly in as early as expected and are forced to drop off Brooklyn's Saint Vitus show (3/4) and Philly's Boot & Saddle show (3/5). Run for Cover label manager Tom Chiari says:
Makthaverskan are currently tied up in Sweden with visa complications and unfortunately their Wednesday, March 4th show at St.Vitus in Brooklyn and Thursday, March 5th at Boot & Saddle in Philadelphia with Self Defense Family and Creative Adult will not be possible under the current circumstances; the shows will go on without them. However our team is working hard to rectify the situation and get them over to the US in a timely manner in order to preserve as many tour dates as possible. Maja, Irma, Palle, Gustav and Hugo are looking forward to their US debut tour and appreciate all of the supportLuckily for those in NYC, the Studio at Webster Hall show on Sunday (3/8) is currently still on. You can still get tickets for that one, and you can get tickets to see just SDF/Creative Adult at Vitus too. Updated tour schedule below.
Listen to Makthaverskan's "Witness," with the dates, below...
It's with a very heavy heart that me and the boys have to cancel our run of shows in North America. We were all looking forward to this, but alas the universe (and some impossible scheduling issues) have been against us this time. We'll still be out there for SXSW in Austin and will see the rest of you hopefully very soon. XThe affected dates include the NYC show that would have been 3/30 at The Studio at Webster Hall. Bummer.
Updated Carl Barât dates are listed below...
Bjork's upcoming run of NYC shows starts in a few weeks and there have been a few changes to her schedule. The previously announced final show in her run on April 4 at City Center has been cancelled and, due to other commitments, cannot be rescheduled. However, Bjork has added two shows at the newly-renovated Kings Theater on March 18 (8 PM) and March 22 (3 PM). Tickets to the Kings Theatre shows go on sale Friday (2/20) at noon with a presale for people who had City Center tickets that starts Wednesday (2/18) at noon.
John Carpenter's Lost Themes LP is out today and you can stream the whole thing via Rdio below. That Rdio stream also features the bonus remixes done by Blanck Mass, Zola Jesus, ohGr, Silent Servant, JG Thirlwell, and Bill Kouligas. You can also stream Blanck Mass' intense "Fallen" remix via SoundCloud below.
In bummer news, John Carpenter has taken ill with a bacterial infection. Doctors say he'll make a full recovery, but his Q&A at BAM on Thursday (2/5) has been canceled. BAM's retrospective of his films is still on and runs Feb 5 - 22. Feel better, John!
photos by Chris La Putt
"I'd just like to reiterate here: it's 2015, I'm seeing Marilyn Manson tonight, life is wonderful" - Nick DeSimone
"It's 2015 and I'm listening to a new Marilyn Manson album and not hating it and WHAT IS EVEN HAPPENING?" - Steven W Beattie
"It's 2015. I'm 32. And I'm thoroughly enjoying a new Marilyn Manson record." - Jordan Campbell
"At Marilyn Manson's concert tonight @ Terminal 5 & was shocked 2 hear him dedicate "Sweet Dreams" 2 his friend of 20 years, Michael Alig!"" - Michael Alig
Marilyn Manson released his ninth album, The Pale Emperor, this year which some are calling a comeback. He's on tour in support of it now, and hit NYC last night (1/29) at Terminal 5, which was rescheduled from January 26 due to Winter Storm Juno. Did you catch the show? Do you agree that he's once again risen to relevance? Was he ever relevant to begin with?
Marilyn was also supposed to play Long Island's Paramount Theatre on 1/27 but due to the weather, that show was 100% cancelled and won't be rescheduled. Refunds are available.
More pictures from T5 below...
As mentioned, Louis CK went ahead and canceled Tuesday's MSG show due to Winter Storm Juno which is just starting to hit NYC and may drop two feet of snow. Mayor Bill de Blasio has declared a State of Emergency starting at 11 PM tonight. (Subways and public transportation close at 11 PM tonight too!) Here are some other blizzard show updates. If you are out tonight, please be safe!
Tuesday's (1/27) Youth Code, Sannhet, and Statiqbloom show at Saint Vitus is currently still on.
Savages' show at Baby's All Right tonight has been postponed, and is now a late show on Thursday (1/29). All tickets honored, refunds available if you can't make the new date.
Tonight's Marilyn Manson show at Terminal 5 with Unlocking the Truth has been postponed till Thursday (1/29). All 1/26 tix honored. Refunds at point of purchase for those who can't make it. Their show on Tuesday (1/27) at The Paramount in Long Island has been postponed as well, details TBD.
Tonight's Steve Earle show at City Winery has been canceled.
The Nels Cline show tonight at Iridium has been postponed. New date still TBA.
Brooklyn Bowl is closed tonight (1/26) and Tuesday (1/27).
Littlefield is closed tonight, so no Night Train with Wyatt Cenac. Tonight's other show, with TinyRhino, has been moved to next Tuesday (2/3).
Reverend Vince and the Love Choir plays every Monday at Union Pool but tonight's is canceled. He'll be back next week.
Tonight's Year and Years show at Le Poisson Rouge (which was to be their US debut) has been canceled, as has LPR's early show ("Glass & Blood"). Refunds for Years and Years available at point of purchase.
Similarly, the other Years and Years show (Rough Trade on Tuesday, 1/27) has been postponed. Stay tuned for the rescheduled date.
In other LPR news, Tuesday's art gallery opening for Alexander Kaletsky's "Inspirations" has been rescheduled for Thursday. Same time
Mercury Lounge is closed tonight.
Joe's Pub is closed tonight.
Knitting Factory is closed tonight.
Shows at The Living Room tonight have been canceled.
Tonight's Sharkmuffin show at Grand Victory has been postponed.
Union Hall canceled The Mehran Show tonight.
More comedy cancellations: 9:30pm and 11pm shows at UCB Chelsea canceled; 9:30pm and 10:30pm UCB East shows canceled. Early shows still TBD.
The final night of Vomitface's Cake Shop residency tonight has been postponed till Monday, February 2.
The newly refurbished Kings Theatre was to have had a "preview" performance on Tuesday (1/27) with the Brooklyn Youth Chorus and more but that has been canceled.
A-Trak was supposed to play Atlantic City tonight. Also cancelled.
All Broadway shows are canceled tonight.
Kelela at Pitchfork Fest 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
Hey everyone...it's Kelela.Refunds are available at point of purchase.
I'm sorry to say, but after wrestling with the idea for a while, I have decided to postpone my upcoming U.S. shows until the Spring. In the last year I've tried to write my album in the pockets of time between shows and have finally come to place where the only way to do my best work is to devote all of my time to completing this album. I'm in a crucial time right now and want to be fully present to the magic that is happening with the new material. I can't do that and continue to build the live show at the same time without compromising both of them.
Thanks to all of you that have bought tickets. I promise to come back even harder in the Spring. I'm so so sorry to disappoint right now, but I know in my heart/head the wait will be worth it.
Lavender Country, the man behind the 1973 album that's widely considered the first openly gay country music album, unfortunately had to cancel what would have been his first tour in 40 years. That includes the NYC show that was set to happen this month at Bowery Ballroom. Refunds are available.
All affected dates are listed below...
Interpol and Hundred Waters are on tour together, though they actually haven't played since their Columbus, OH show on Monday (11/17) because they've been trapped inside their snowed-in bus outside of Buffalo since around 4 AM Tuesday morning. Last night's Toronto show was cancelled, as the band posted on their website:
Our bus is trapped in a snowstorm just outside of Buffalo. We haven't moved our position on the road in over nine hours. Unfortunately, we'll have to cancel tonight's concert at the Kool Haus. We were greatly looking forward to the show but the big bad winter has come early this year. We will be informing people of a new date as soon as we can.And now Thursday's Montreal show is cancelled too...
It's with great regret that we have to announce the cancellation of our show tomorrow night in Montreal. We've been stranded in a snowstorm outside of Buffalo for over 40 hours and still don't know when we'll be able to move from our current position. We're disappointed that we won't be able to visit as scheduled but we'll make it up to you, Toronto and Montreal. We love you guys. We were really looking forward to the shows.As of this post, they're still stuck around 9 PM on 11/19, over 40 hours since they were able to move. As Stereogum points out, guitarist Daniel Kessler and touring member Brandon Curtis have been live tweeting the whole thing...
On our way to Toronto - doesn't look promising pic.twitter.com/6e7OfsJcPF— brandon curtis (@brandon_curtis) November 18, 2014
Hour 13 trapped in the snow. Dry goods and vodka. We will make it. -DK pic.twitter.com/bEQhaUokKi— Interpol (@Interpol) November 18, 2014
Still trapped yo! Haven't really moved in 30 hours and we've been on the bus for nearly 40 hours. Nutso. Never seen anything like it.-DK— Interpol (@Interpol) November 19, 2014
Snow plows trapped in the snow.-DK pic.twitter.com/igkxOEoNw5— Interpol (@Interpol) November 19, 2014
And then...it started snowing again. Hoping the plows are able to make some progress. Still stuck.-DK pic.twitter.com/mc7MzttXvm— Interpol (@Interpol) November 19, 2014
Settling in for another night. Haven't moved all day. Hoping the expected storm tonight ain't as bad as predicted. C'mon now now.-DK— Interpol (@Interpol) November 20, 2014
Keeping the spirits in a good place ya'll. thanks for the well wishes. It means a lot to us. Big ups to you.-DK— Interpol (@Interpol) November 20, 2014
Hundred Waters posted a few themselves...
Toronto is cancelled because pic.twitter.com/qxNm3UvyFv— hundred waters (@hundredwaters) November 18, 2014
There is hope for America pic.twitter.com/YySdfAeByX— hundred waters (@hundredwaters) November 18, 2014
Hi @Interpol we'll trade what's left of our mushrooms for some real food because wcrazybluminatiudiumalizerismalism🕛🕐🕑🕒🕓🕠🕕🕖🕗🕘🕙🕚🕛🔃— hundred waters (@hundredwaters) November 19, 2014
Assuming they get out of there at some point, the tour is set to hit NYC on 11/24, 25 & 26 at Terminal 5 (all sold out). Hundred Waters are on nights 1 and 3, but play their own show with Mutual Benefit (solo) on 11/25 at Rough Trade (tickets).
Hundred Waters were also supposed to appear on 'Letterman' tonight but that's been cancelled too, and rescheduled for February. They also just announced a 2015 tour.
Bad news, Culture Club fans. The group have had to cancel their upcoming North American tour, which was to have hit NYC for two sold-out shows at Beacon Theatre. Reason: a polyp was discovered in Boy George's throat and his doctor has ordered him to not sing. "We are hoping we can reschedule the concerts for next year, and hopefully George's problem will be resolved," say the band.
Refunds are available at point of purchase. Feel better, George. Perhaps fans will go see Spandau Ballet instead?
Meanwhile, Culture Club's new album, Tribes, is out early next year.
Girlpool at Death by Audio (via Todd Midler)
Sadly no longer playing Brooklyn Bizarre tonight or Vassar tomorrow :( voice is MIA— girlpool (@girlpoolband) October 31, 2014
One of your many Halloween options tonight is the Diarrhea Planet / Hop Along / Mitski / Desert Sharks show at Brooklyn Night Bazaar which is free, and includes a costume contest, face painting and more. Girlpool, who left quite the impact during CMJ, were supposed to play too but unfortunately dropped off as you can see in the above tweet. Bummer.
Girlpool will be back in NYC next week though to open for Jenny Lewis.
London Grammar @ Lolla (more by James Richards IV)
"Due to unavoidable scheduling conflicts, it is with great regret that we have had to postpone our tour dates in November. We apologize to all of our fans for any inconvenience caused and look forward to seeing you in January and February 2015 for what we hope will be a very special tour." - Dan, Dot and Hannah / London GrammarThat's the announcement. Their NYC show at Terminal 5, originally scheduled for November 11 will now happen on January 27 and tickets are on sale now. (Refunds are available at point of purchase.) The new dates are listed below....
Due to scheduling conflicts, London Grammar have postponed their November tour and will now be returning to North America in January. Tickets already purchased will remain valid for the rescheduled dates. Refunds are available at the point of purchase.
Ezra Koenig w/ Vampire Weekend in Chicago (more by James Richards IV)
Some good and bad news regarding the ongoing UBUNTU: Music and Arts of South Africa festival in NYC. Paul Simon, who was supposed to join Ladysmith Black Mambazo at their Carnegie Hall show this Saturday (10/18), has unfortunately dropped off. The show will otherwise go on as planned and tickets are still available.
On a brighter side, fellow African music lover Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend and Laura Mvula have been added to 'Mama Africa: A Tribute to Miriam Makeba' happening November 5 at Carnegie Hall, which closes the festival. That concert is led by Angélique Kidjo and also features Makeba's supporting singers Faith Kekana, Stella Khumalo, and Zamo Mbutho, plus Vusi Mahlasela. TIckets for that one are on sale now.
BB King, who recently turned 89, has had his share of problems continuing to play live in his very old age, so it's not that surprising that earlier this month this message was posted to his Facebook:
Mr. King did not feel well enough to continue his performance last night, Oct 3, 2014, at the House of Blues in Chicago. He was immediately evaluated by a doctor and diagnosed with dehydration and suffering from exhaustion whereby causing the eight remaining shows of his current tour to be cancelled.Followed by:
UPDATE OCT 6, 2014: Mr. King is back home and feeling better. He wants to thank all of his fans and friends for their outpouring of love and concern.Followed by:
A Message From B.B.Followed by:
"I'm back at home now listening to music, watching movies and enjoying some down time. I think I'm busier at home now than on the road talking to friends calling to check up on me. I do appreciate everyone's calls and concern. I want to tell you, I'm doing alright."
B.B. King is back at his home where he is resting. In order to fully recuperate, he has cancelled his remaining eight shows of the current tour. He has been on tour all year with over 70 performances for 2014. He does not have any additional shows scheduled for the remainder of the year.Followed by:
Have you seen B.B. King featured in this new TV commercial for Toyota? If not, you can see it here.OK, that last one is unrelated, but it was his next and most recent Facebook post. Feel better BB!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8unft7p054QOk, that last one has nothing to do with it, but it was his next and most recent Facebook
(P.S. It's just a commercial. Not a true story
The cancelled shows include two at his namesake venue in Times Square (they were this Sunday and Monday). You can watch that Toyota commercial below...
One of the big anticipated events at NY Super Week was "SLIMED: A Night of Nickelodeon Nostalgic Nonsense" at Hammerstein Ballroom on Thursday (10/10) featuring a live taping of Pete & Pete stars Danny Tamberelli and Michael Maronna's podcast, a segment on the music of Doug (a live performance by show creators Fred Newman & Dan Sawyer), and a live performance by Pete & Pete theme song band, Polaris. But less than a day before the event was to take place, the event has been canceled. There is good news, though, see below.
The sudden cancellation could have something to do with the Flavorwire interview with Matt Klickstein -- who was the host of the Super Week event and who wrote the SLIMED book about '90s Nickelodeon. You'd think it would be all fun and "remember when" interview, but it got into some thorny territory, including bashing of the current state of Nickelodeon, but also...race and sexism. An excerpt:
The reason Pete & Pete does so well is it's the best show from that era. It's the best show from that network! Hands down: the way it looked, the music, the fact that they got all these really interesting cameos... so the fact that it happens to take place in the suburbs of New Jersey, you know, it's a whitewashed area! There's nothing to be said about that. So too with Clarissa.And there's lots more:
I think it's worse when they shove it in there. Sanjay and Craig is a really good example, which funnily enough is written in part by Will McRobb and Chris Viscardi from Pete & Pete. That show is awkward because there's actually no reason for that character to be Indian -- except for the fact that [Nickelodeon President] Cyma Zarghami and the women who run Nickelodeon now are very obsessed with diversity. Which is fine -- do what you're gotta do, and Dora [the Explorer] was certainly something of a success, but there's no reason for [Sanjay] to be Indian at all. No one working on that show is Indian. They're all white. It's all the white people from Bob's Burgers and Will and Chris.
I think that it does the culture a disservice. If I were Indian or Jewish, for example, and watched something where the characters are Jewish or supposed to be, and if it's not specific to that, then I start to wonder, "Why are they doing this?" It becomes blackface.There's much more to this interview and you can read the whole thing here.Some people are sticking up for Klickstein, like Trevor Eyster who played "Sponge" on Salute Your Shorts. He wrote a lenghty post on Facebook, saying Klickstein was a victim of "corporate interest and censorship":
They're exploiting this, they're using this thing, they're taking advantage of it. They're doing it just for that reason: "Hey, here is the Jewish character" or "Hey, here's the Indian character" or "Hey, here's the token black," which I think South Park does so amazingly well. For example, I've worked very closely with people with disabilities, volunteering, sometimes paid, and I love what South Park does.
The decision to cancel the event was made by Comic-Con. And while they haven't released a statement, it would sure seem like this is a case of a corporate entity not wanting to be attached to the opinions of another that would seem controversial, or unclarified....This is a bummer for '90s Nickelodeon fans -- many of whom were coming from out-of-town for this -- but there is a silver lining as the Super Week event is now, basically, happening as two smaller, separate events on Thursday. First is "Slimed! An Oral History of Nickelodeon's Golden Age" at Treehouse Theatre (154 W 29th St, New York,) from 6 - 9 PM, featuring the music of Doug with a live performance by show creators Fred Newman & Dan Sawyer and hosted by Nick Arcade's Phil Moore. It's $8 at the door and Super Week ticketholders get priority entry. More info here.
...I am standing by my friend, because that's what friends do. I am asking all of you to deepen your understanding of the TRUE narrative here. And the true narrative is: Nickelodeon once represented the spirit of the anti-corporate. Now, while Nickelodeon didn't curate, sponsor or endorse this event --- all of the interested parties, are fans of its 90's "products". In order to hold an event of this size, logistically, there was a need for a Comicon. Comicon yanked its support at the last minute, and that's who you need to be upset with...
...You can be upset with Matt for a badly worded interview all you want - but it's not only unproductive, it's misdirected.
You oughta be PISSED OFF at the corporate heads of Comic-Con for pulling the plug from an old-paradigm fear-based profit-motive mentality.
Then later Thursday night (10:30 PM) at The Bell House it's a live taping of Danny Tamberelli and Michael Maronna's podcast, The Adventures of Danny & Mike, with a live performance by Polaris. Tickets to that show are $10 and on sale now. AND, update: Danny Tamberelli "just wanted to say that I was really looking forward to a night of nostalgia and to hang with the fans of all things 90s nick. Sometimes weird stuff happens that you can't control. Polaris and the podcast want to try to create something out of the ashes like a Phoenix. (also a ginger ironically)."
If you miss it, Polaris returns to the road in November for more shows including a BrooklynVegan-presented NYC show at Knitting Factory (though that one is sold out).