- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 30, 2001

NEW YORK (AP) — First it was Janet Jackson. Then Destiny's Child. Now the Dave Matthews Band has joined a chorus of American pop acts who have canceled or postponed overseas tours since last month's terrorist attacks.
"I think that there is probably a sense from an American standpoint that they might be more of a target," says Gary Bongiovanni of Pollstar, which tracks the concert industry.
The cancellations likely will cause a 10 percent drop in overall concert grosses for the year, says Kelly Barbieri of Amusement Business, which also monitors the concert business.
It's another setback to the industry, which already was experiencing an off year before Sept. 11.
"The economy is down, ticket prices are up," Miss Barbieri says. "Ticket grosses were OK for the third quarter, but attendance was down."
Miss Jackson canceled her European tour two weeks after the World Trade Center and Pentagon assaults, citing concern for her fans.
"Like most people, the events of Sept. 11 have troubled me enormously, and I remain concerned about the foreseeable future," she said at the time.
Since then, Weezer has canceled its European tour; Destiny's Child has pushed back its fall European tour until May; Slipknot has postponed its "Pledge of Allegiance" European tour until sometime in 2002; and last week, the Dave Matthews Band canceled its tour of Mexico, Germany and the United Kingdom, citing the attacks and the need to stay close to family. Several other tours have been delayed or canceled as well.
Arista Records President Antonio Reid told the Associated Press shortly after the attacks that he expected overseas events to be canceled "because artists are skittish about flying right now."
'N Sync had no overseas concerts planned, but member Lance Bass acknowledges he also is reluctant to travel.
"Yeah, I'm a little hesitant going to other countries," Mr. Bass says. "Going to a whole different place, you don't know how it's run."
Dave Zedeck, co-founder and partner of the Evolution Agency, a music agency that represents clients such as Britney Spears and 'N Sync, says performers definitely are worried.
"I think it's twofold the concern of what happens there, and secondly, what happens if they're there and something happens here," he says.
Miss Barbeiri says she can't recall a time when so many acts canceled European dates, even during the Gulf war.
Another concern for tour promoters is lackluster business in the United States. No figures are available, but Mr. Bongiovanni says the industry has suffered since Sept. 11.
The only exception to the international and domestic downturn is U2. The group has sold out its fall tour dates, which went on sale shortly after the attacks.

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