No Doubt have been forced to scrap two NEW ZEALAND shows on their world tour after poor ticket sales, NME.COM can reveal.
The shows were booked for later this month in Christchurch and Auckland, but Manolo Echave, No Doubt‘s NZ promoter, told NME.COM: “Sales projections have not been met and it is far better for our clients to fully refund tickets purchased”.
The cancellation comes hot on the heels of other high-profile acts failing to sell tickets in New Zealand. Only last weekend Ricky Martin performed his only New Zealand show in Auckland to a sparser than expected crowd. And earlier this year, INXS were due to tour for the first time since the death of lead singer Michael Hutchence with Kiwi Jon Stevens as guest vocalist but were forced to cancel all four planned dates because of poor ticket sales.
New Zealand journalist Jo Churchill told NME.COM: “Kiwis are the first to moan that not enough big acts come and play over here – but then when they do, it seems they won?t put their hands in their pockets and spend their hard-earned cash anyway.”