Russell Brand may still perform in Joburg after ‘passport problems’ sink 1st show

2013-11-15 15:05

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Maverick comedian Russell Brand’s sold-out Joburg show tonight was cancelled after he missed his flight to South Africa because of “passport problems”.

Local promotions company Showtime Management, which is hosting the local leg of Brand’s Messiah Complex world tour, said people who bought tickets will be refunded.

Brand vented on Twitter today, spinning a slightly different story: “Tonight’s J-burg show cancelled. SA authorities REFUSE TO LET ME INTO YOUR COUNTRY. Trying to resolve it. #MessiahComplex.” Twitter users commented madly, likening Brand’s situation to the Dalai Lama who was refused entry to South Africa in 2011.

The controversial British comedian, the ex-husband of pop princess Katy Perry, recently made headlines for his unorthodox political views.

He was supposed to perform at Montecasino tonight and on Saturday evening, and at the Artscape Theatre in Cape Town on Sunday evening.

Showtime Management said they hoped to resolve the matter in time for the latter two concerts to continue as planned.

“There was a technical problem with his passport and the airline did not allow him to board. The promoter has made emergency arrangements to get him to Johannesburg – but unfortunately he will be a day late.”

Showtime is working to replace tonight’s show with a performance next week. It will advise on the details as soon as possible.

“Patrons for tonight’s show can either get a full refund from Computicket – or hold on to their tickets until a possible replacement date is announced,” Showtime Management said in a statement.

Brand has received significant media coverage for controversies such as his dismissal from MTV and drug use.

He has described himself as an “S&M Willy Wonka” and is renowned for his black locks and flamboyantly bohemian dress sense.

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