As soon as the pairing of Queen and Adam Lambert was announced, a large number of fans around the world as well as from the USA bought concert tickets and made travel plans. But it just wasn’t enough. This week the concert-of-a-lifetime was called off. The cancelation of UK Sonisphere, which was to again be held on the vast grounds of Knebworth, has been blamed on poor ticket sales. We Americans are not the only nation with economic strife.
I have now learned that cancelation of the UK concert was not a solitary move. According to Sean Michaels of TheGuardian.co.uk, Sonisphere in Greece, Turkey, Italy and Sweden have also been cut. (I still have not seen any official word on the Moscow Queen with Adam Lambert concert.)
The only good news is that Queen has said they are looking for another venue. Adam also tweeted:
@adamlambert While I’m sad that the Sonisphere festival has been cancelled, I’m hopeful that Queen and I will share a stage again someday in the future.
The following is from Adam Sherwin of The Independent, a British publication.
Knebworth, the stately home which has rocked to Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and Oasis, faces a “huge hole” in its finances after the cancellation of a festival to have been headlined by Queen.
Martha Lytton-Cobbold, who manages the gothic Hertfordshire mansion which has been home to the Lytton family since 1490, is counting the cost of the decision to axe Sonisphere, a three-day heavy rock event which was due to take place in July. Poor ticket sales contributed to the cancellation of the festival, which was to have been headlined by Queen, with their new singer Adam Lambert, and also feature the bands Kiss and Faith No More.
First employed as a rock venue in the mid-70s, income from events staged at Knebworth Park bowl, which can accommodate 125,000 fans, has provided vital funds for repair work to the home, which was placed on English Heritage’s register of buildings at risk in 2010.
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