A Jay-Z concert scheduled for next Wednesday, December 6 at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska has been canceled due to technical difficulties.
This is the second show he’s canceled on the ongoing 4:44 tour – the last cancellation in Fresno, California was rumored to have been due to slow ticket sales, with fans citing abundant, cheap resale tickets the nights before his shows. Hov was so displeased with the negative tour coverage that he filed a cease and desist with one source that published the headline “Jay-Z’s ‘4:44’ Tour Is a Disaster: $6 Seats, Half-Filled Stadiums…”.
The hip-hop mogul says that the Nebraska cancellation is due to production issues – and also doubles back and says that this is the same reason that Fresno was cancelled, although no explanation was given at the time that show was scrapped. He issued the following statement on Instagram:
Due to the scale of this production, we cannot get the screens up on time into the building in Nebraska.
The tour is too important for me to do it halfway. I have to cancel the show.
Same with Fresno
I repsect you guys too much to take the money and run.
The Brooklyn-born rapper, who has been transparent throughout his career about his crime-ridden past and political viewpoints, has been particularly vocal as of late about the sentencing of fellow rapper Meek Mill, who was sentenced to 2-4 years in prison for violating his parole earlier this month. Jay has spoken out about this during his concerts in the past few weeks, and published an op-ed with the New York Times titled “The Criminal Justice System Stalks Black People Like Meek Mill” – possibly an unpopular opinion in the red state of Nebraska, but that’s strictly speculation.
The 4:44 tour continues as usual save for this show, with a stop in Brooklyn tonight and wrapping up December 21 in Inglewood. Refunds for the Dec. 6 show in Lincoln will be issued at point of purchase.