The Game’s Aussie Tour Canceled

 Australian tour promoter Tour Squad has confirmed it has started legal action against The Game and his management after a tour this month was canceled a week out Sept. 13. 

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Action Sports World Championship, KeyArena, Seattle.

Tour Squad explained, “Despite our best efforts to try and salvage this tour, there has been a substantial amount of conduct together with statements made by The Game’s team which showed that they had no intention, for whatever reason, to adhere to the contract executed in June 2017 for this tour.

“Our dealings have been handed over to our Australian and US legal teams and to the relevant authorities” The tour, advertised as the rapper’s last visit Down Under before his retirement (he announced in 2016 that the Westside Story album would be his last), was to kick off Sept. 20 at the Forum Theatre in Melbourne. It was to move on to Thebarton Theatre in Adelaide, Metro City in Perth, to New Zealand at Logan Campbell Centre, and back to Australia to round off at the Bigtop at Sydney’s Luna Park and Eatons Hill Hotel, Brisbane, Sept. 22-29.

Following payment, Tour Squad added in its statement, “Thereafter came certain demands on behalf of the artist, which far exceeded any of the terms agreed to in the contact.”

A Sept. 8 posting on The Game’s Facebook claimed, “This tour is FAKE. I’m not scheduled to be in Austrailia [sic] until 2018. And it will not be my last tour.”

The promoter told ticket buyers, “don’t panic” and suggested the rapper’s page had been hacked.

The Game’s Facebook page currently lists the Adelaide show. Tour Squad has advised fans to seek refunds from point of purchase and to allow five to 10 business days. 

The Game’s Australian tour in 2013 was rescheduled twice.

In 2016, The Game failed to front for New Zealand’s Raggamuffin festival, with his absence announced an hour before his set.

The various explanations put forward from various parties was that he had either missed his flight from Dubai, had mistaken Australia for New Zealand, or had actually arrived in New Zealand but stopped at customs.