Arizona Lilith Fair Cancelled. Go-Go’s Said “Don’t Go!”

Lilith Fair, the grrl-powered music festival founded by Sarah McLachlan, suffering lackluster ticket sales canceled their Arizona date. The GoGos were scheduled to headline.

The day after tickets went on sale  GoGos’ lead singer Belinda Carlisle posted this on her Facebook page:

AZ Central and Phoenix New Times both reported that Carlisle had posted on her Facebook page–an update since removed–that she wanted Lilith Fair organizers

to move the phoenix date in protest of the new immigration law in ARIZONA. the gogo’s [sic] condemn the law and want the date moved.

Then last week the Go-Go’s issued  this press release:

The Lilith Fair date scheduled for July 8 in Phoenix has been canceled and refunds can be made at point of purchase. At this time, The Go-Go’s have not been informed as to why the show was canceled. We regret the loss of the date on our farewell tour as we know we have many devoted fans in Arizona.

Well, yeah, I guess lips are sealed on the matter, but it’s  perfect storm of politics, economics and a bill that might not be that exciting.

Ticket ranged in price from $25 to $250 for the fest which featured Loretta Lynn, Heart, Norah Jones, Cat Power, La Roux, Sheryl Crow, Tegan and Sara, Erykah Badu, Brandi Carlile, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Meaghan Smith, Metric, and of course founder Sarah McLachlan.

I have mixed emotions about bands boycotting AZ. 1987, then-Governor Meacham issued a rescission of Martin Luther King Day and U2 was scheduled to kick off their Joshua Tree tour in Tempe. Rather than canceling the shows, the band made a contribution to the campaign to recall Meacham and had petitions and information booths on site.

10 Responses to "Arizona Lilith Fair Cancelled. Go-Go’s Said “Don’t Go!”"
ThingsComeUndone | Monday May 31, 2010 02:47 pm 1

I have mixed emotions about bands boycotting AZ. 1987, then-Governor Meacham issued a rescission of Martin Luther King Day and U2 was scheduled to kick off their Joshua Tree tour in Tempe. Rather than canceling the shows, the band made a contribution to the campaign to recall Meacham and had petitions and information booths on site.

The bands can still give cash and cancel AZ shows.


ThingsComeUndone | Monday May 31, 2010 02:48 pm 2

So has anyone heard anything about the counter counter boycott or is that all in Glen Becks head?


Lisa Derrick | Monday May 31, 2010 02:49 pm 3
In response to ThingsComeUndone @ 2

Is there anything in Beck’s head under that tin foil?


bmaz | Monday May 31, 2010 02:58 pm 4

I live here. The concert was cancelled because no one wanted to go in the first place; very lackluster ticket sales to a marginal concert at a shitty outdoor venue in a crappy part of West Phoenix in the middle of July. If anybody wanted to go, the concert would still be on; it is not. Saying this is about the boycott is a lie.


ThingsComeUndone | Monday May 31, 2010 03:01 pm 5

In 1988, Loretta Lynn, the country music singer, traveled on a bus tour through Illinois with George Bush and dismissed Michael S. Dukakis, saying, “Why, I can’t even pronounce his name.”

http://www.nytimes.com/1992/03/03/us/1992-campaign-consonant-clusters-tsongas-chungus-simply-matter-who-pronouncing.html?pagewanted=1?pagewanted=1

I wonder what Loretta Lynn really thinks about this issue?


ThingsComeUndone | Monday May 31, 2010 03:04 pm 6
In response to Lisa Derrick @ 3

His head might be full of tinfoil but his followers all seem to be convinced that he is right.
That they are the majority, and that they are winning.
Facts to the contrary get dismissed like Zombies shrugging off bullets.


ThingsComeUndone | Monday May 31, 2010 03:08 pm 7
In response to bmaz @ 4

Its a recession people are not buying any tickets ahead of time as much as they used too.


bmaz | Monday May 31, 2010 03:11 pm 8
In response to ThingsComeUndone @ 7

Well there sure wouldn’t be a lot of walkups to that dump. Trust me, it was cancelled because of lack of interest; the rest is bullshit spin.


Badwater | Monday May 31, 2010 03:24 pm 9

Maybe the United Daughters of the Confederacy has a choir.


DonWilliams | Monday June 7, 2010 07:21 am 10

I am so glad Belinda Carlisle weighed in on the Arizona law issue. Without her, I have no idea what to think.


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