After 154 shows, Justin Bieber is cancelling the remaining 15 dates of his “Purpose” world tour
Justin Bieber announced the decision in a statement on his website, though he didn’t elaborate on his reasoning for axing the final promotional dates behind his 2015 LP.
The tour started March 9 in Seattle, and was in the homestretch with some huge stadium dates in Texas, Denver, East Rutherford, NJ and also the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. There were also a few international stops in Japan, Singapore and the Philippines.
Justin Biebers team released a statement saying the cancellation stems from “unforeseen circumstances.” They go on to say tickets will be refunded.
The statement reads. “Justin loves his fans and hates to disappoint them. He thanks his fans for the incredible experience of the Purpose World Tour over last 18 months. He is grateful and honored to have shared that experience with his cast and crew for over 150 successful shows across six continents during this run. However, after careful consideration, he has decided he will not be performing any further dates. Tickets will be refunded at point of purchase.”
The announcement comes just days after the singer was banned from performing in Beijing, China for “bad behavior.”
According to multiple reports and translations, a Chinese Belieber contacted the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Culture to inquire about why Bieber has not had any shows scheduled in the Chinese capital. “Justin Bieber is a gifted singer, but he is also a controversial young foreign singer,” the bureau said in a statement shared online.
“In order to maintain order in the Chinese market and purify the Chinese performance environment, it is not suitable to bring in badly behaved entertainers,” the statement continued. “We hope that as Justin Bieber matures, he can continue to improve his own words and actions, and truly become a singer beloved by the public.”
Through the first half of 2017, Bieber’s tour grossed $93.2 million with average per date ticket sales of 38,297, according to concert industry trade Pollstar. Bieber will likely face penalties for the U.S. dates, which are typically not insured against cancelation without a medical reason or a “Force Majeure,” which is defined as an unforeseeable circumstance that prevents someone from fulfilling a contract — like a war or political instability that could put an artist in danger.
source: eonline.com, rollingstone.com, variety.com, tmz.com