Saturday’s scheduled concert with Maroon 5 and Kelly Clarkson at The Gorge Amphitheatre was cancelled due to severe, unseasonable weather at the Quincy, Washington outdoor concert venue. According to our sources, the decision to cancel was made unanimously by representatives of the artists and promoter Live Nation, solely in the interest of audience, artist and crew safety.
Things seemed to be going according to plan when opening act Rozzi Crane took the stage to perform her set. Skirt flying and a few windy notes were obviously a bother, but the show must go on, as they say in Hollywood, and it did.
When it was time for Clarkson to take the stage – she didn’t. Neither did Levine. The audience sat in the rain for nearly an hour before Levine took the stage to offer an explanation – and an apology. Clarkson ran from her bus to join him onstage.
“This is gonna suck,” Levine started. He then explained that due to severe weather, they would not be performing their sets.
Levine later wrote on his Twitter account: “I’m so sorry we had to cancel tonight guys. We will make it up to you. We had to take safety into account. We hope you understand.”
“In 27 years of producing shows at The Gorge we had previously never cancelled a show due to weather. The decision to do so was not made lightly. It was only after careful deliberation with show production, artist management and venue management that this difficult decision was reached. The show was loaded in and the artists were on-site ready to perform. We all felt given the severe circumstance with the weather, cancellation was the lesser evil, rather than risking a serious injury to anybody at the venue,” said Jeff Trisler, President of Live Nation Northwest and long-time promoter of The Gorge concert series.
Crane told her fans on Twitter: “So sorry to everyone at the Gorge tonight. I loved playing for you all but it was reallll (sic) windy up there. M5 & Kelly will make it up to you!”
Patrons who purchased tickets to the show can receive a full refund by returning their tickets to place of purchase. Complete instructions were available on Monday for those who bought their tickets at the Gorge Amphitheatre box office. For more information, please call Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000.