January 21, 2009

Lil’ Wayne cancels Rochester concert again

Rapper Lil' Wayne has postponed a planned concert in Rochester, N.Y., for a third time, said the general manager of the Blue Cross Arena.

Jeff Calkins told the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle that the cancellation of Wednesday night's show marked the third time the recording artist has backed out of his scheduled gig at the venue. He scrapped an Oct. 26 performance, complaining about the venue's inferior sound system, even though Calkins said he had never been inside the arena. The concert was rescheduled for Dec. 6, then postponed to Wednesday, but that show was canceled, too, and has yet to be rescheduled.

Edward Strickland, general manager of RMF Productions, the show's local promoter, told the newspaper Lil' Wayne's national booking agent, Ujaama Talent Agency, is blaming the logistics of his band for the rapper's latest cancellation. However, no details about the alleged problems have been offered.

Will I sue? Strickland said Tuesday afternoon. I'm keeping all my options open. This is a mess.

He told the Democrat & Chronicle he owes a $100,000 deposit for the concert, as well as the expenses for advertising, catering and transportation, which are estimated at about another $100,000.

State Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo said ticket-holders can obtain refunds from their point of purchase.