The promoter who was organizing the Bon Jovi concert in Stanley Park says he’s heartbroken it didn’t work out as planned and he feels for the fans.
“I understand their frustration. I understand their disappointment. We are absolutely devastated with this turn of events. We have been working for three years on this particular project.”
Dennis MacDonald says he’s talking with the ticket agency and insurance company about what will happen with tickets purchased, but gives no details on how people can get their money back.
Paper Rain announced on Monday the concert was being postponed, but did not give a new date.
Bon Jovi Tours has said organizers failed to pay for staging, security or lighting, therefore didn’t meet the contract agreement.
Runaway Tours, which sells tours to Bon Jovi fans, says there will be a secret event with Bon Jovi this weekend for their clients only. Its website says they’ve sold out on $2,000 trips to Vancouver to see the band this weekend.
The general public, however, remains out of luck.
Cassandra Sicuro has a friend coming from Brazil, and says the promoters should have known better.
“I worked with events for more than 12 years. I know that things, they don’t change from one day to the other. I am pretty sure they knew something was going on before. They cannot do that five days before the concert.”
Andrew Cole was going to open for Bon Jovi, playing with rock legend Robby Krieger of the Doors.
While speaking with Sam Ferris on Drex Live, Cole says he found out online like everyone else, but still has no idea why it was cancelled.
“We really don’t know, we’ve heard so much speculation, you know, it’s this guy’s fault, it’s this guy’s fault. Definitely the artists involved … at least I’ll speak for Jon Bon Jovi cause I’ve heard what he has to say, and I think he devastated as well.”
Ferris: “Robby Krieger was unaware. This is a Doors member. Nobody even told him?”
Cole: “No one told him. No one told us. We found out on the Internet, same way the fans found out.”