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

July 1, 2010 |  5:23 pm

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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