Citing exhaustion from an overwhelming tour schedule, Mary J. Blige has postponed her Australian tour until November. Blige, who finished up her UK tour on June 6, was scheduled to play Perth on June 10, followed by shows in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, and then back-to-back shows in Auckland and Wellington, New Zealand.
Through Chugg Entertainment, her Australian promoter, Blige said in a statement, “I am so disappointed that I won’t be able to make it to Australia and New Zealand for the June tour as planned. I want to thank all of my wonderful fans who supported the announcement of my first tour in these countries, and I can’t tell you how excited I was to come down in June and put on a show for you all. Postponing these shows has been an extremely difficult decision for me, and I am sincerely sorry that I will not be able to fulfil my tour commitments, but I assure you that the November shows will be well worth the wait.”
Michael Chugg, head of Chugg Entertainment, said he supported her decision to postpone the tour. “I’m sorry to be breaking this news so close to Mary’s scheduled arrival, I know she has a lot of fans around Australia and New Zealand who were excited at the chance to see her,” he added. “Mary is a superstar, and I can only respect her decision. I would never want to pressure an artist to perform, and I would never want to put on a show that will be anything less than the best show the fans will see. All I can say is be patient and count the days until November as I have no doubt she will put on show that will give you goose bumps. I’ve seen this girl perform and it’s nothing short of spectacular.”
All tickets purchased for the June tour will be honored at her re-scheduled shows. However, for those wanting a full refund, Chugg advises ticketholders to go to its website for processing details.
Information on rescheduled show will be available on June 30.
Last Updated on June 9, 2008 by By Jane Cohen & Bob Grossweiner