Volume 94, Issue 89

Friday, March 9, 2001


NEWS

Ice T concert melts down - Poor sales, schedule conflict cited for cancellation

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Planet Me

Ice T concert melts down - Poor sales, schedule conflict cited for cancellation

By Aaron St. John
Gazette Staff

Once again, a scheduled event at Western has failed.

After problems with events such as concerts by I Mother Earth and Love Inc., as well as the poor sales for last fall's Operation: Massive, it has been announced that a concert by rap artist Ice T, scheduled for tomorrow night at the Wave, has been cancelled.

According to Mark MacLellan, University Students' Council programming and production manager, the official reason for the cancellation will be announced when the USC receives a press release from Ice T's management.

"Basically, it's going to say that it was due to a conflict with the filming of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," MacLellan said, referring to the television program of which the rapper is a cast member. "They're going to apologize to Western for having to pull out."

But despite the expected apology from the rapper's management group, Mark Sellars, USC general manager, said a major reason for the cancellation was poor ticket sales, that were individually priced at $30.

"The bottom line is, we didn't sell as many tickets as we wanted to, so we had to cut our costs."

Sellers also said he thought the problems with ticketed events at Western may not be limited to UWO. "We're not the only people this is happening to. High-priced ticket events don't seem to be doing well across the board," he said. "I think the ability of people to see good performers in intimate environments has had an effect on this sort of thing."

Rich Anderson, chair of the Canadian Organization of Campus Activities, said problems with on-campus activities are sometimes unavoidable. "For the most part, we don't have a big problem, but it does happen sometimes. It's especially difficult with American artists," he said. "It's considered to be normal, though it's not an epidemic in any way."

MacLellan said he was happy with the promotion of the event. "We had full radio sponsorship from FM 96 and Energy Radio. We had ads all over the place, in Scene, The Gazette, we had posters everywhere," he said, adding there were no plans to reschedule the concert.

Despite poor sales, some Western students were quick to declare their interest in the event.

Craig MacDonald, a third-year social science student, said he is a big fan of hip hop music and that he was looking forward to attending the concert. "I was really excited. I liked him a lot, back in the day."

MacDonald also said that although he had not purchased a ticket by the time of the cancellation, he was not deterred by the $30 ticket price.


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