A pre-Super Bowl Prince concert in Dallas was cancelled on Friday due to the inability of the organizers to provide him with transportation, according to a Digital Spy report.
The seven time Grammy Award winning artist had been scheduled to play a fundraising concert along with Erykah Baduin in aid of George Michael's charity, the Goss-Michael Foundation, but ended up pulling out at the last minute.
It all began Friday afternoon when the Goss-Michael Foundation issued a statement that the concert had been cancelled. The River Alexander Group was the concert organizer. The concert was to be held under a tent in downtown Dallas and then was moved to a hotel just north of Dallas. Concert goers were not aware of the cnacellation till the last minute when they started arriving at the venue.
A spokesperson of Prince said that not only did the star not come to Dallas; he claims the organizers did not provide transportation for the star and his band, nor did he feel that the organizers had the proper technical aspects to put on the concert. He added that the singer was disappointed that the organizers couldn’t bring him and the band to Dallas and that Prince had been looking forward to performing.
On the other hand the the concert emcee Chris Arnold said that Prince’s band did show up in Dallas and had set up for the show, but Prince never arrived. I just want to let everybody know that I am truly sorry, Arnold said.
Fans who bought the $1,500 concert tickets can get their money back at the point of purchase.
Goss-Michael Foundation Executive Director Joyce Goss said that the concert cancellation was a big disappoint to everyone. Goss said that the organizers assured them a concert would take place until the very end.
The Goss-Michael Foundation was created in 2007 by British pop star George Michael and his partner Kenny Goss to promote art via exhibitions and educational programs.