Prince’s highly anticipated pre-Super Bowl concert at TheEvent was cancelled last minute after disorganization prevented the musician from arriving in Dallas.
The “When Doves Cry” singer was supposed to perform Friday night at a scholarship fundraiser for George Michael’s art charity, the Goss-Michael Foundation. However, trouble began brewing the morning of the concert, when the foundation announced that the concert had been cancelled due to a lack of funding. They later retracted the statement, saying the event was still on.
The status of the concert was uncertain up until the moment fans started arriving, at which point they were informed that Prince would not be performing. Some of them had paid up to $1,500 for tickets.
A source close to Prince told the Associated Press
that the artist never arrived in Dallas because the evening’s organizers did not arrange transportation for him and his band. The source added that Prince was also worried the lack of organization would affect the technical set-up for his performance.
"Prince is extremely disappointed that the organizers, the Meridian Entertainment Group and the River Alexander Group ... were unable bring him and his band to Dallas," said the source. "They say that apparently they lost their investors and were unable to adequately fund the event. Prince was looking forward to performing in support of the Goss-Michael Foundation."
Host Chris Arnold apologized to the concert attendees for not getting news of the cancellation out to them earlier and said the organizers would refund the cost of their tickets.
"It was a very, very exciting thing that didn't happen unfortunately," Arnold said.