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Lilith Tour cancels 10 dates, but L.A. stop remains intact

This afternoon the Lilith Tour canceled 10 dates on its summer concert schedule in what Lilith co-founder and Nettwerk Records President Terry McBride calls "one of the most challenging summer concert seasons." The all-female tour, which was revived this year after being dormant for a decade, is the brainchild of McBride and singer Sarah McLachlan.

In Ann Powers' recent profile of McLachlan, the singer admitted that the challenge of Lilith in 2010 was perhaps greater than when the tour started in 1996 -- not only because of the economy but because of the recent successes of women in pop and rock music:

"Maybe with Lilith, there's not so much of a need," McLachlan said, acknowledging that more women are out front in pop today than when the festival launched in 1996. "It's more of a want. One of the things I remember the most about Lilith, and that I yearn for, is that sense of community. We are in an age of technology where we sit in our little cubicles and we IM each other and Skype each other and never connect as human beings. There was an incredibly powerful and intangible feeling of being with these women."

Despite this longing for community, the challenges of the 2010 concert season were perhaps too much to sustain such an ambitious schedule.

The canceled dates are: Salt Lake City (July 12), Montreal (July 23), Raleigh (Aug. 4), Charlotte (Aug. 6), West Palm Beach (Aug. 10), Tampa (Aug. 11), Birmingham (Aug. 12), Austin (Aug. 14), Houston (Aug. 15) and Dallas (Aug. 16). Refunds are available at point of purchase.

The full text of McBride's statement:

“We are in the midst of one of the most challenging summer concert seasons with many tours being cancelled outright. Everyone involved with the tour would like to apologize to the fans and artists scheduled to play in these markets, and express appreciation for all the support for the festival’s return. Lilith remains the only tour of its kind, and we are confident that fans will be amazed by what each date has to offer.”

The Los Angeles date, on July 10, remains on the schedule.

-- Randall Roberts

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in l.a., face value of seats is 103 to 258 dollars before service charges! wowsa! who do they think they are, roger waters?

The problem is that its too ambitious. They should look to Lollapalooza in Chicago which always sells out. Why? Because it's a weekend in Grant Park and several acts on several stages for one price. Instead Sarah decided to "tour" with a group of women and charge high prices. Why not have a few acts in one city for the weekend and charge high prices? A tour is expensive and the number of cities they had was "ambitious."

Sarah -- bring Lillith to Chicago as a festival. It will sell out.

"Refunds are available at point of purchase."

minus ticketmaster per ticket and per order fees of course....

Or maybe it is because rock music, especially bands female or not, are almost totally irrelevant in this day and age.

No one under the age of 35 would be interested in lillith fair and those of us over 35 are too busy with other stuff to go.

It feels like some kind of weird, insulting affirmative action-meets-gender segregation to have a concert tour with just female artists. Not a good idea in the 90s and not a good idea now.

I guess there aren't enough lesbians in those cities to support this ridiculous tour.

I love music, seeing shows, and making it. This is a sad sign. The last decade of music industry was disappointing, to put it lightly. That article about the music industry having an "appetite for self-destruction" when the economy was semi-OK was an accurate premonition for the combo knockout punch from a severe California recession. Today's bills have a thousand bands for one show to cut costs and bring crowds that wouldn't otherwise attend, not to mention to also spread thin participations paid out. Industry people didn't roll with the internet, and so the shareware companies helped music lovers get free music that cost the producers and artists 6-figures+ to make. There are so many irrational ego-fed lunatics in the music industry, and a recession isn't helping. Those artists who pounced on the opportunity years ago when the economy was fine aren't just lucky, they were wise to take the opportunity when it was there. Too bad about Lilith Fair.

Big surprise. I called this happening when the tour was first announced. It may have been a "hip" concept back in the 90's, but now? Er, not so much.

The promoters will be lucky if they break even, but that ain't happening.

Bottom line here is that the tour is an abject failure, period. They need to cut their losses and scrap the rest of the tour. To do anything less would add to the already utter embarrassment that is Lilith Faire 2010.

If people quit illegally downloading music perhaps artists could make a buck on CD sales again and not have to charge so much for concert tickets.

I agree with Chicago48 in principle...a permanent fixture annual festival is the way to go, not an annual tour. I disagree with placing Lilith Fair in Chicago, though. Lollapalooza is good enough. Manchester, Tennessee has Bonnaroo, Indio, CA has Coachella, Austin has SWSX...Lilith seems best suited for a place like San Francisco.

Oops, Austin has SXSW.


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