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Alison Moyet cancels rest of North American tour, cites financial hardship

October 17, 2008 |  1:16 pm


Alison Moyet, the thunder-voiced singer of '80s electro duo Yaz, has canceled her Oct. 21 appearance at the Grove of Anaheim, along with the rest of her North American tour in support of her solo album "The Turn." The singer, who reemerged earlier this year with Yaz for its successful Reconnected Tour, was due for nine more stops, including San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle and Los Angeles' El Rey Theatre.

The reason for her cancellation is all too timely and can't be blamed on the usual performer's ailments (throat infection, exhaustion, etc.). Moyet, it turns out, was basically a victim of our tough financial times.

Writing in a post titled "I am sorry" on her website, Moyet states that her performance in Houston, originally scheduled for Saturday, fell through because of the city's battering from Hurricane Ike, coupled with the current economic crisis. It set off a string of what she calls "bad luck," including poor turn-outs, lack of promotional funds and "demurring from later show organisers [that] made it too insecure for us to continue."

"Having a band on the road," the statement continues, "with all the equipment and the hotels, wages and travel, with no shows in the middle means we can no longer sustain and have been advised by our agents to withdraw."

The post goes on to thank her fans for their support and ominously predicts, "I would like to say ‘another time’ but in all honesty doubt now that that time will come."

No word yet on if Moyet's 2009 European dates, where she has much more of a fanbase, will be impacted.

--Margaret Wappler

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