Well-known music promoter Peter Tladi of TMusicman is worried that the recent cancellation of two international acts that were to tour South Africa will affect the image of the 2010 World Cup host country as a destination of choice.
On Monday, 1980s rock band Duran Duran pulled out of the South African leg of its tour which was supposed to have started on Tuesday.
The band announced the decision on its official website, saying “the show promoter defaulted on the contract, leaving band members with no other option but to cancel the shows”.
Lead singer Simon le Bon said: “The worst part of this for us is disappointing our South African fans, whom we were really excited to be performing for again.
We haven’t been to South Africa for a long time – and were looking forward to reconnecting with the audiences there.”
The South African promoters of the tour, Hunta Live, posted on its Facebook page on Tuesday that the cancellation was due to “disappointing sales at the box office”.
Said Sam Hendrikse, chief executive of Hunta Live: “We tried to negotiate a reduced number of shows with the band’s management to go ahead with the tour as planned but sadly could not reach an agreement.”
Tladi said this was not the first act to cancel this year.
American R&B singer Johnny Gill pulled out weeks ago from two concerts scheduled for Friday and yesterday.
This cancellation – the second time Gill has cancelled in South Africa – was reportedly due to disagreements between the South African and American promoters.
“Every time something like this happens, it creates a negative perception about South African promoters in general. If you mess up one show you mess it up for everyone,” he said.
South Africa has had a great year with international acts following the World Cup that saw stars like John Legend, Alicia Keys and the Black-Eyed Peas performing.
Others who came were rock band The Killers, Kelly Rowland, R Kelly and 30 Seconds to Mars.
Even superband U2 will perform their successful 360° world tour in February.
Cancelled shows, however, threaten South Africa’s credibility.
“It puts doubts in the minds of band managers and the perception of one agency can quickly lead to people not wanting to work with any South African promoters,” said Tladi.