Passion Pit Sheds Light on Why Bands Cancel Shows

Posted October 10, 2013 by J Matthew Cobb in Features

Need to know the real reasons why bands cancel a show? Passion Pit has the answers

Indie pop band Passion Pit, who blessed the music world with one of the critically-acclaimed albums of 2012 (Gossamer, see here), decided to spill the beans on the real reasons why bands cancel their shows. Of course, there are a few reasons that seem to aggravate ticket-holders that the band sidesteps, such as the lack of ticket sales, but for the most part they believe the real reasons have to deal with general illness, mental illness (“Most of our fans know about my condition, but this only hurt us a few times,” the letter says), weather and conflicting schedules.

Although playing in the rain sucks, Passion Pit admits to performing some of those gigs. And in their words, some of those shows have been “amazing.” But because they use a high volume of electronics and much of it being customized, they have to avoid certain catastrophes. “rain and electronics, as we all know, also really don’t mix.” They add: “Sometimes, other stationary stages are said to be ‘rain or shine’ but do not actually have the capability of fully protecting the gear. As some of you may know, we lost so much gear and money a few weekends ago due to a storm, and we’re not about to mess it up on our final trek for Gossamer.”

Passion Pit stresses that cancelling a show is the last thing they want to do. “The bottom line is that every day a band tours and doesn’t play a show, they hemorrhage money,” they write. “This is a costly, tricky business, and all we want is for everything to go smoothly and to have fun. But tour doesn’t always work that way and we apologize for things that are completely out of our control.” Later in the open letter, the band stressed that if they “cancel a show, it’s cancelling a show for a damn serious reason.”

Recently, Passion Pit cancelled an outdoor show in Wilmington, North Carolina because of bad weather. That cancellation led a few aggravated fans to complain on Twitter, prompting the management of Passion Pit’s Twitter account to respond to their frustration. Their heartfelt open letter, shown at their official web site, may just be the Holy Grail for this situation.

So what do you think?
Do you agree?

Is this another batch of excuses for promoters and bands?
Are there other reasons behind cancellations?
Share your thoughts.

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J Matthew Cobb

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