Concert axed...so what?

Concert axed...so what?
Bruno Mars will have his first ever live concert here.

Two weeks ago, when news broke that US pop star Selena Gomez had abruptly axed her February concert in Singapore, I hardly batted an eyelid.

A check for public comments posted on local concert organiser Midas Promotions' official Facebook page showed that I wasn't alone in my muted reaction to the cancellation.

You'd think that going by the immense popularity Gomez enjoys among today's Internet-savvy, social media-obsessed teens, her legion of young fans would surely be up in arms over the missed opportunity to catch their idol in person.

In reality, it was far from the truth.

There were fewer than 25 comments expressing disappointment.

It is a paltry figure compared to the outpouring of rage and fury following the last-minute cancellations of pop extravaganzas 1 World Music Festival last September and MBC Korean Music Wave last November.

Both mega festivals - the former featured the likes of rappers Snoop Dogg, Iggy Azalea and Far East Movement, while the latter boasted a star-studded line-up including SHINee, Kara and Sistar - were called off with less than a week to go, much to the chagrin of ticket holders who had paid as much as $600 to see these acts.

So what explains the subdued response to Gomez's no-show? (To be fair, she wasn't targeting Singapore, her upcoming Asian and Australian dates for her Stars Dance tour were pulled so that she could "spend time on herself".)

Is it a lack of love for the dimpled former Disney actress?

Nah, it's just growing cynicism. Another one bites the dust, so what's new? To anyone who dares to refer to Singapore as a live music hub, I'd retort with a knock on his head.

If you've been keeping score you'd agree that 2013 was a fail for local concert organisers.

Compared to 2012, which saw the can- Fighters, LMFAO's RedFoo and Gym Class Heroes - there was twice that number in 2013.

Granted, many big names did make it to our shores - Aerosmith, Psy, Carly Rae Jepsen and CeeLo Green for the inaugural Social Star Awards Concerts, and Justin Bieber and Rihanna for F1 Grand Prix - but cancellations always leave a bitter taste that overshadows the successes.

Gomez, 1 World Music Festival and MBC Korean Music Wave were just three of six concerts that got the axe.

In fact, almost every music genre could not escape their fate.

Other gigs that didn't happen include Namie Amuro ( J-pop) and Cradle of Filth (heavy metal) in April, as well as double bill We Came As Romans and Crown The Empire (post-hardcore) in October.

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