Sunday, July 15, 2007

October is the month to watch for Keith Urban fans...

Well, music fans something really, really important must be happening three months from now. Something so important that Keith Urban has cancelled his UK tour dates scheduled for October. Oh, and remember the Manchester, England show that was cancelled back in April due to his throat infection? Yeah, that one. It is cancelled again, too.

What, you ask, could be that important? Good question!

Keith’s management company released a statement:
“Due to touring, media and recording obligations which limit the time he is able to spend in the UK this year, the forthcoming…have been cancelled.”

Then there was a European press release that cited:
“…international commitments have now led to a change in tour plans…shows have been postponed.”

Hmmm, that really could mean anything, but certainly we will be given more details that will explain the media, recording obligations and international commitments that Keith now has, causing this sudden change, right?

And then we heard:
“The whole tour has been cancelled because the recording of his new album, due out next year, is behind schedule.”

New album? Wait, isn’t LPWCT about 9 months old? Is there a problem with it? We all thought Keith was on the every two year cycle for new albums.

The speculations were prolific:
“…less than expected ticket sales in the UK, Europe has only ever been a little bit country, gig costs exceed profits…”

Do you think that the side project Keith has to write the theme song for Australia, the epic starring his beautiful, beautiful princess has anything to do with this? Just sayin’…but I digress…

Keith, just in case you haven’t heard yet, your UK fans are crying “FRAUD!”

There are a lot of fans that saw you in April and were really happy they did. Many flew to the venues, many stayed in hotels due to the travel required. However they got there, not one batted an eye about spending the money. So when the announcement was made that Keith was returning in October, many went ahead and bought the tickets, made the flight arrangements and booked the hotels.

Not surprisingly, these same fans received impersonal notices from Ticketmaster announcing the cancellation of those shows. Then the confusing press releases and speculations were posted on the internet.

Cancelled? Postponed? Rescheduled for 2008? Huh??

A lot of fans looked to Keith’s fan club board, Monkeyville, for some type of reasonable explanation but after a few unhappy fans posted their comments the thread was deleted. The moderator started a thread for questions related to the cancellations but after a few comments, it was locked and then deleted as well.

P.S. The Monkeyville moderators don’t like it when the company line is not toted.

It doesn’t seem that the fans frustrations are being addressed or even being acknowledged. Many have spent a good deal of money on hotels and flights that are NON-REFUNDABLE. Yes, the tickets are being refunded but the service charges and fees are not. If you have not purchased a ticket from Ticketmaster lately, the fees are exorbitant.

Did Keith or his management company take a moment to think about the people purchasing the tickets? Do they have a clue who Keith’s UK fans are or where they are traveling from? Was any thought put into announcing the October shows in April or cancelling the October shows in July? Remember that saying “An unhappy person tells seven people their story but a happy person tells only one?” How many people do you think know about Keith’s cancelled shows?

It was suggested that all the UK fans send their bills for the non-refundable Ticketmaster fees to Keith’s management company asking for reimbursement. Good luck to ya!!

Back to the original question, what could be that important?

No one seems to know for sure or they are not saying. So mark October on your calendar as the Month to Watch. You know the UK fans will be, and I bet many, many US fans will be as well.

48 comments:

don't believe the lies said...

Well something spectacular better happen in October. Which I'm sure nothing will.

Does Keith still really care about his fans or have they just become a source of income? He always use to seem like he cared. Now with the careless stunts he's pulled in the last two years, I question him and his character.

Keith remember your fans and stay loyal to them because you'll need them when this thing is over...but will they need you?

realitycheck said...

What a way to manipulate Urban Myths! If someone wants to see ALL the pics from the game you can go to http://www.news.com.au/couriermail/story/0...394-953,00.html
Looks like they were having a good time to me...

doublewide said...

kinda sounds to me like keith needs to reflect on the days when he was mowing lawns and trying to make it in the recording business. money was really important back then, huh keith? just as important as it is to those UK fans......

and huh? realitycheck? the only "good time" keith is having is with his wife's money.....IMO

doublewide said...

oh i almost forgot to add my compliments to the blogger! very good work!

banbotox said...

Doesn't look like a good time to me realitycheck. Maybe you need to see some pictures of Keith when he is having a good time and then compare. But they would be old pictures-as he hasn't looked like he's been having much fun since he got married.

maclen said...

Jesus Realitycheck, 6 out of those 7 photos they looked bored, stiff, uncomfortable, indifferent, mortified and haggard... you may need to re-evaluate your definition of a good time!

Blowing off his fans for whatever reason, beyond a physical, emotional or a family crisis is just idiotic PR. If he has other career commitments he'd rather attend to pretty much will guarantee that his next tour through those countries will probably not be worth the effort for him. So unless he simply plans on touring in the US alone, I doubt if he tours next year. My belief is the reason he cancelled has to do with kidman, because his behavior shows he has no concern for his touring career. So I'm willing to bet it has more to do with kidmans schedule than with his.

doublewide said...

i agree maclen......october will tell

don't believe the lies said...

Maybe the fans would be more understanding if he would just be truthful for once. If he wanted to spend more time on his private life. make a new record, keep the tour going in the US etc., than just say so. Instead he gives a VERY vague answer that makes no sense. Just another way of him dumping on the fans and not caring.

notachance said...

Maybe Betty Ford called and he has to go back in for calibration.

undecided said...

I think October is her target month to get pregnant so as to fit in with her filming schedule, She needs the sperminator nearby. Can't do that over the web-cam.

notachance said...

btw - I do love the idea of all those burned Eurofans sending in their bills to Borman and Co. for their unrefunded Ticketraper fees and even airfares. They should be sure to include a pain & suffrage tax as well (and I'm not being cheeky). What an eye opener that would be to Gary Borman, and hopefully Keith.

don't believe the lies said...

Oh Goodness her getting pregnant is a whole other issue. I do hope that these 2 very selfish people don't bring a kid into the world. Whether it's by adoption or her...which I don't think can happen anyways. A kid is the last thing these 2 need.

notachance~do you think that Gary or Keith would even care that the fans were pissed about the money they lost? Something tells me no but I would enjoy them getting a ton of angry letters demanding their money back. Afterall I'm sure Keith lost nothing in this.

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notachance said...

Care? Probably not - but to be a fly on the wall when that mail started coming in.....

I'd suggest that the Eurofans hook up and mail in bulk so that the effect is even better.

Figaro said...

Why would she even NEED him around to accomplish the "unspeakable"??? I'm sure she could find a turkey baster around the old hardware store in OZ wouldn't ya think????

Please don't let this be true, that's the LEAST thing this relationship needs.....but it is the anniversary of the REHAB stint...and they say not to do anything DRASTIC for a year...BLICK....IF SHE MAKES YOU SICK KEITH, THINK HOW TOTALLY ILL SHE MAKES US....LMAO!!!!!

undecided said...

Figaro, whether you use a turkey baster or insert it in it's original container, that stuff has to be fresh.

Figaro said...

They do "freeze" that stuff these days donchaknow....lmao

notachance said...

Frozen sperm would be appropriate for her, would go well with that frozen face...

undecided said...

Just had a friend go thru it, they told her she stood a better chance with fresh, so maybe that's why the change in plans.

notachance said...

I just love how this has boiled down to a "fresh or frozen" debate.

doublewide said...

undecided said...
I think October is her target month to get pregnant so as to fit in with her filming schedule, She needs the sperminator nearby. Can't do that over the web-cam.

ok, so what does this have to do with "international commitments"?

undecided said...

I think October is her target month to get pregnant

ok, so what does this have to do with "international commitments"?

He's got to follow her around to whichever nation she's in to provide the service he committed to?

doublewide said...

ok, am i the only one here who sees this as particularly "heinous"? to bring an innocent child into this mess? he really has frickin lost his mind

maclen said...

Well, doublewide, it isn't known if thats the reason. Personally, I dont believe she can conceive all at. If she could she would have had a baby in her 20s, or 30s even, and most certainly when cruise had his kid, but it seems she can't. My own personal theory, just a wild quess of course, is that October is when kidman gets back to her "UN Ambassadorship". She visits a poverty striken county, stops by an orphanage and spots a child in the crowd, and falls instantly in love and decides to adopt... (since it takes months,(i.e Madonna) the paperworks already in the works...) and she needs urban to be there so he can carry the child around...you know through the airport, out of the limo, for photo purposes.

(disclaimer: I dont believe she'd adopt either, it would take attention off her, and take time off her movie schedule)

doublewide said...

i don't know if she can conceive or not, and i don't know if she could carry one to term even if she did. and i hope you are right, maclen, about the adoption.

she doesn't look healthy enough to me to carry a child, and maclen, i agree......the focus would be off of her if she adopted, and i doubt she would want to go to the trouble...at least i hope not.

besides, i think she uses drugs to stay thin and wouldn't want to gain the weight.

notachance said...

I dare say here's part of the reason Keith may never really give a damn about what the fans care about -

TOP ENTERTAINERS (in OZ)

1. The Wiggles $50 million

2. Nicole Kidman $35 million (I'm sure she's waging a war to dethrone The Wiggles)

3. Hugh Jackman $30 million

4. Kylie Minogue $27 million

5. Keith Urban $26 million

6. AC/DC $18 million

7. Cate Blanchett $18 million

8. Hi-5 $16 million

9. James Wan and Leigh Whannell (Creators of the Saw franchise) $15 million

10. Russell Crowe $15 million

(Gross income 2006-07)

It appears that Keith really didn't need to work much and he still increased his wealth and earning power quite dramatically. And, it looks like he's nipping at wifey-poohs heals....

Imahick said...

Wow...he pulled in $26 million by touring 23 cities, doing an album over six months and going to rehab for 3 months in 2006. He didn't even have to attend ONE country industry event.

Why couldn't I have married a pasty faced famewhore?

I guess he's all set up, so screw the fans. Thanks for posting these!!

don't believe the lies said...

I am shocked. How did these 2 make so much money? She really is overpaid. Has she made a decent movie within the past few years? Why do the studios continue to pay her so much?

Then Keith made that much without doing squat. Really the guy barely worked at all last year. He had 23 shows. That's it!

Congrats Keith mission accomplished. You've managed to become a sell-out!

notachance said...

It's sad, but once the money machine starts you really don't have to do anything to make your mega-millions. Now I know why Keith was even willing to not tour to be with her, he didn't need the money. He knows he can do whatever he wants now and still generate millions in income every year. This is HIS reality. Hard for the rest of us to fathom for sure.

banbotox said...

Is that really how much she made in 2006? I can't believe she earns that much for what she puts on the screen. Who the heck even goes to her movies? Most of them really stink.
I wonder if Keith sees $$ when he looks into those lifeless eyes of hers.

I hope that international commitments doesn't equal international adoption. That would be soooooo wrong.

maclen said...

It seems a celeb earnings countdown list comes out every other month. And 35 mill sounds pretty high, considering she was in only one movie last year, the indy fur. No conceivable possibility she got her supposibly 16 - 17 mill per film for that waste of film. Forbes magazine for instance had her at 22 mill. so including any outside shilling, perfume commercials, gameboy rentals... doesnt seem to add up for this amount even. Unless there already including the soon to be releases of this year, again I just find it all dubious and pretty shoddy accounting. But then again, we are talking about overhyped and gluttonous hollywoodland, where every arm and back scratching hand, every appendange flailing out from underneath every opening of it's slimey underbelly, is all geared to selling even its most questionable products.

notachance said...

I'm sure those figures include endorsements, which we all know can be VERY lucrative. What's her Omega deal alone? Not to mention the on-going Chanel and probably some others overseas that we're not aware of. That money racks up. Keith apparently has earnings that we are not aware of as well.

maclen said...

Well it seems the Pr bandwagon keeps rolling along its predictable way... The latest news bulletin coming from Urban is that kidman made him go to rehab...(it wasn't his idea folks, not very commendable info on his part!) and guess what folks? It saved their married! Hooray!!
Meanwhile, the latest news bulletin from kidman is... she loves... chocolate cake! Next you'll learn that she likes to snuggle in her jammies and pink rabbit earred slippers in front of a warm fireplace... in a passionate embrace with....... her next movie script.

Whitetrashcheeto said...

They both look like they're having indigestion!! lol

doublewide said...

But then again, we are talking about overhyped and gluttonous hollywoodland, where every arm and back scratching hand, every appendange flailing out from underneath every opening of it's slimey underbelly, is all geared to selling even its most questionable products.

maclen, you have such a way with words.....if there is anybody better at this PR hype than her, i'd like to see them....excepting tom, of course

doublewide said...

Well it seems the Pr bandwagon keeps rolling along its predictable way... The latest news bulletin coming from Urban is that kidman made him go to rehab...(it wasn't his idea folks, not very commendable info on his part!) and guess what folks? It saved their married! Hooray!!

keith, please JUST SHUT UP!

banbotox said...

Meanwhile, the latest news bulletin from kidman is... she loves... chocolate cake! Next you'll learn that she likes to snuggle in her jammies and pink rabbit earred slippers in front of a warm fireplace... in a passionate embrace with....... her next movie script.

maclen-that is hysterical! That is probably very close to the truth-the only passion she has is for her career.

maclen said...

Doublewide said:
"maclen, you have such a way with words.....if there is anybody better at this PR hype than her, i'd like to see them....excepting tom, of course."

banbotox said:
"maclen-that is hysterical! That is probably very close to the truth-the only passion she has is for her career."


Truthfully doublewide and banbotox, ive been inspired lately by actor Steven Weber, of Wings tv show fame... I get a kick out of the posts he writes over at the Huffington Post, which are very entertaining....
I think a big difference with cruise is that whatever you think about him personally, his PR is totally positive in what hes trying to achieve...from appearing to be a devoted dad, for instance his appearences week in and week out at his two kids soccer and football games, his famous movie premiere "walkabouts' where he spends 2 or 3 hours signing autographs for fans before the movie begins, at every premiere... These sorts of things cannot be sustained by an occasional appearance here or there, but on a consistant basis. It seems kidman believes an occasional mention in an interview, or a rare photo with the kids once or twice a year will achieve that. And that seems to be rubbing off on urban.

doublewide said...

i completely see your point about the difference between tom and NK. heaven help keith, you are spot on maclen....he is becoming just like her it appears.

notachance said...

"he is becoming just like her it appears."

----

Maybe he was like that all along and was just waiting for the right person to come along to tell him it was "ok" to be like that.

don't believe the lies said...

I do wonder if this is the real Keith we are seeing. Was he always this manipulative, lying, DIVA jerk that he comes off as now? Or has he been caught up in a game that is far bigger than he ever will be? I have a hard time trying to figure it out.

banbotox said...

don't believe the lies said I do wonder if this is the real Keith we are seeing. Was he always this manipulative, lying, DIVA jerk that he comes off as now? Or has he been caught up in a game that is far bigger than he ever will be? I have a hard time trying to figure it out.

Me too. I have a hard time believing that the old Keith was just an image. He was too consistent with it. And there was never any report to the contrary about his behavior.

Imahick said...

I tend to agree that he was too consistent in the past to be hiding this behavior. Plus there continues to be glimpses of his old self from time to time, which leads me to believe that his old image was real.

I believe that NK has had her way with him...and she's created the "new Keith" in her image. I believe he was very impressed with NK...given she's the queen of his homeland ... and she has a very effective PR team for Hollywood...so I think he was easily manipulated by the pasty one.

Since his treatment, I think he's been rehabbed and self helped into a needy vulnerable and easily manipulated person...and NK has latched onto that big time.

I am hopeful that as time goes on, he can break away and find himself again. However, I haven't seen much evidence that that is happening. I may be naive thinking he can find himself while swimming with sharks and being influenced constantly by NK. It may be too overwhelming for a man who seems pretty needy and easily influenced.

maclen said...

Urban was an easy mark. A novice at celebritydom, personal insecurities. Kidman has issues, but she's developed the celebrity lifestyle of publicist released explainations, constant filming, travel and preplanned appearances. To a point where it all seems to be a way to avoid dealing with true emotion, inner needs or self evaluation. Just stay busy enough to keep it all at bay. why would kidman appear to be concerned that some in the public believe she is a neglectful mother? Because in her mind she can make a movie where she pretends to be a caring concerned mother, and that i think is good enough for her.

doublewide said...

i know this is immature, but i'd like to smack the woman for messing with keith. she took a perfectly wonderful man (yeah, i know he has a few problems) and screwed him up. i'd like to wring her scrawny, ugly neck! how's that for mature?

undecided said...

i know this is immature, but i'd like to smack the woman for messing with keith.

Doublewide, I would hold her for you while waving a net full of butterflies.

banbotox said...

doublewide said: ...i'd like to wring her scrawny, ugly neck!

I'd love to help you out with that task.

jannie said...

I think he canceled his dates to be with her in Germany at that time.