Cha… Cha… Cha… Changes 4/28

Simon & Garfunkel pull dates, Phil Collins cancels a night, Martina McBride postpones a few and Hole makes a few changes to its Euro schedule.

Simon & Garfunkel Postpone First Five Dates

The headline says it all. Live Nation announced today that the first five shows on the upcoming Simon & Garfunkel tour – Vancouver (April 29), Edmonton (May 1), Calgary (May 2), Saskatoon (May 4) and Winnipeg (May 5) are postponed.

So far no reasons for the postponements have been announced, but the Toronto Sun says the twosome’s gig last Saturday at the was described by some as “disappointing” and that Garfunkel might have been experiencing voice problems.

The first date of the duo’s first tour in six years is now May 7 in Fargo, N.D.

Photo: AP Photo / The Oakland Tribune
Air and real, at San Jose, Calif.’s HP Pavilion.

Phil Collins Cancellation

In this case, news of Phil Collins canceling one of his “Going Back” shows isn’t really bad news for ticket holders. That is, unless their personal schedules don’t allow them to see his Motown / soul series of shows at New York City’s Roseland Ballroom on another night.

Citing “scheduling and production difficulties,” the June 22 date at Roseland has been canceled. Tickets for that evening’s performance will be honored at one of the other shows scheduled June 23-25. Of course, if a refund is the only thing that will soothe your now-demolished expectations, you’ll need to seek closure at point-of-purchase.

The Roseland shows are in conjunction with the release of Collins’ new album – Going Back – featuring the singer / drummer faithfully recreating the soul / R&B tunes that influenced his musical career. Joining Collins will be an 18-piece ensemble of musicians and vocalists including three members of The Funk Brothers.

Photo: AP Photo / Keystone
Phil Collins hits all the right notes for Welcome Back Night at the Montreux Jazz Festival, in Switzerland.

McBride Dates Postponed

Martina McBride has postponed a chunk of her European tour. The singer posted a message on her website attributing the change of plans to “scheduling and routing issues.”

Dates affected include stops in Norway – Stavanger (June 25) and Skien (June 26) – plus London (June 28) and Ireland shows in Killarney (June 30), Dublin (July 1) and Castlebar (July 2).


“I was truly looking forward to playing the shows in Norway and the UK. We had a blast last year and it was an amazing experience playing for so many enthusiastic fans. I’m so sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused. I know many of you were looking forward to these shows as well, and have already made travel plans, etc. I wish there was some way I could change it, but unfortunately there are a lot of details and people that go into planning a tour overseas, and this is just out of my control. Hopefully we can get this tour back on the schedule sooner than later.”

Photo: Bob Mussell
HSBC Arena, Buffalo, New York

A Hole In Hole’s Schedule

Hole has postponed several May dates in Europe.

So far, dates removed from the books include Hamburg (May 11), Copenhagen (May 13), Cologne (May 15) and Paris (May 17).

According to, the dates were postponed because of “a legal matter stateside,” with no other explanation given.