So So Def 25th an­niver­sary tour has been can­celed

The Commercial Appeal - - Front Page - Bob Mehr Mem­phis Com­mer­cial Ap­peal USA TO­DAY NET­WORK - TEN­NESSEE

The “So-So Def Cul­tural Cur­ren$y Tour” has been can­celed. The hip-hop con­cert pack­age — fea­tur­ing stars as­so­ci­ated with the At­lanta-based So So Def la­bel in­clud­ing Xs­cape, An­thony Hamil­ton, Da Brat and Jagged Edge — had been set for an Oct. 14 kick off in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., with Ten­nessee dates at Nashville’s Bridge­stone Arena (Oct. 25) and Mem­phis (Oct. 26) at FedExFo­rum.

But ear­lier this week, So So Def record la­bel founder Jer­maine Dupri tweeted out a state­ment that quickly threw the whole fall tour into a state of dis­ar­ray.

“To all my fans, I know what I’m bout to say is gonna cre­ate a very very big [flame emoji] but due to my sched­ule and cre­ative changes I don’t feel com­fort­able start­ing this tour on the 14th,” tweeted Dupri. “I hon­estly be­lieve I need an­other week to get this to where I want it to be.”

De­spite his in­ten­tion to bet­ter pre­pare the tour, nearly all of So So Def tour dates have since been can­celed, in­clud­ing the Bridge­stone Arena and FedExFo­rum stops. Only an Oct. 21 date in At­lanta re­mains on the sched­ule.

In­dus­try spec­u­la­tion sug­gests it wasn’t a lack of prepa­ra­tion, but rather a lack of ticket sales that pushed the tour — osten­si­bly de­signed to cel­e­brate the 25th an­niver­sary of the la­bel — to col­lapse.

Re­gard­less of the rea­sons, by Wednesday Tick­et­mas­ter con­firmed that the bulk of the dates have of­fi­cially been scrapped.

Ac­cord­ing to the Tick­et­mas­ter, re­funds for phys­i­cal tick­ets will be given at point of pur­chase only. Phone and on­line or­ders will au­to­mat­i­cally be can­celed and re­funded.

For more in­for­ma­tion, go to tick­et­mas­ter.com.

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