Why did Prince cancel his Super Bowl gig?

Prince

Confusion surrounds Dallas no-show as the Purple One cuts $1,500-a-ticket gig

BY Sophie Taylor LAST UPDATED AT 15:12 ON Sun 6 Feb 2011

Intrigue continues over a no-show by Prince in the run-up to tonight's Super Bowl. The unpredictable singer, who cancelled a gig in Dallas on Friday at the last minute, is now said to have thought organisers did not have the "technical aspects" necessary to successfully put on the show.

The concert, dubbed "theEvent" and timed to kick off the Super Bowl weekend, was to have been a benefit for the Goss-Michael Foundation, a charitable forum to promote UK art set up by singer George Michael with his partner Kenny Goss.

Goss comes from Dallas and the couple have homes there and in London. They opened a gallery in the city in 2005, and two years later converted it into a "non-profit art forum".

Tickets for the gig were selling at $1,500, with singer Erykah Badu as support, and there were a lot of disappointed music fans in snow-bound Dallas on Friday evening when organisers announced the show was not going ahead. 

Not until 8.30pm were the audience told that Prince had not arrived. Organiser and emcee Chris Arnold, a local TV personality, told the crowd he did not know where Prince was, adding: "His band is here, the equipment is here, unfortunately it just didn't happen."

Last night, the Goss-Michael foundation's executive director, Joyce Goss, issued a statement: "Both Kenny Goss and I are extremely disappointed that theEvent featuring Prince was canceled.

"It continues to be our understanding that River Alexander Group, the event organizer, was unable to fund and produce the evening. Up to the very last minute they assured us the 'show would go on'."

Ticket holders have all been promised a refund but music fans will have to make do with tonight's half-time concert stars, the Black Eyed Peas as the Pittsburgh Steelers take on the Green Bay Packers. · 

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