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Air scraps Oct. 23 Los Angeles tour date

September 16, 2010 |  1:27 pm


French electro-pop group Air has taken its Oct. 23 Los Angeles date at the Shrine Auditorium off of docket, claiming unspecified "government regulations" in a press release. The band's appearance at the Shrine was to be a one-off, following the act's October tour of South America. 

A vaguely worded press release states that the act has "been forced" to cancel the concert "due to new government regulations that have caused insurmountable logistical problems." Tickets are to be refunded at the point of purchase, and the statement notes that the act intends to "perform more U.S. concert dates as soon as circumstances allow." 

As for what exactly those circumstances are, a band spokeswoman said she had no further information. A call to promoter Bill Silva was met with a request to e-mail questions, for which a response has not yet arrived. Calls to the Shrine Auditorium have not yet been returned. 

Air recently appeared in the United States, touring in support of 2009's "Love 2." That included a sold-out show at Disney Hall in March, an event that was reviewed positively in this blog, with writer Chris Barton noting that the band is "rivaled only by countrymen Daft Punk in terms of intermingling its identity with its electronics."

Tickets started at $32 and went up to $72.10, not including Ticketmaster surcharges.  

-- Todd Martens

Photo: Air --  Jean-BenoĆ®t Dunckel, right, and Nicolas Godin. Credit: Luciana Val & Franco Musso