Swedish House Mafia cancels more shows – Billboard

Swedish House Mafia canceled five more shows on their upcoming Paradise Again 2022 arena tour on Friday (July 22).

The newly canceled shows were scheduled to take place July 31 at Amway Center in Orlando, August 2 at Madison Square Garden in New York, August 9 at TD Garden in Boston, August 11 at Verizon Arena in Washington D.C. and August 17 in Detroit at Little Caesars Arena. In April, the band canceled three concerts from the Paradise Lost Tour – an August 3 concert at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, an August 19 concert at Xcel Energy Center in Minneapolis and an August 30 concert at Footprint. Center at Phoenix.

The tour’s 23 European dates – starting September 29 in Manchester, UK – are selling better and could help offset some of the cancellations in the US. When the band announced in October that they were reuniting after a years-long hiatus, few knew what to expect. The world of electronic music has grown and changed considerably since the band played what many thought was their last gig at the Ultra Music Festival in 2013. The band’s manager is Sal Slaiby, whose management company SAL&CO is a joint venture with Live Nation. Slaiby negotiated a headlining spot at Coachella to help kick off the tour.

Under Slaiby’s leadership, the Swedish House Mafia scored a major coup when, in October 2021, they were announced as performers for the Coachella 2022 music festival owned by AEG and Goldenvoice. Then, two weeks before Coachella was scheduled to open in Indio, Calif., after a two-year hiatus, headliner Kanye West announced he was abandoning the festival. A few days later, the Swedish House Mafia was elevated to co-headlining status with SAL&CO’s most famous client, The Weeknd.

The band also participated in Live Nation’s $25 Concert Week program and a promotion to give away tickets to Soulcycle members, which company officials say are standard promotions.

But the success or failure of a tour like Paradise Again is hard to predict – the trio hadn’t toured the United States in nearly a decade and there wasn’t much publicly available data for help assess the request.

The band have remained quiet about the cancellations so far – the latest tweet from the Swedish House Mafia Twitter page is from Wednesday and shows a photo taken from the band’s stage of their lighting with the text saying ‘We’re coming for you”.

Correction: In our original version of this story, Billboard reported that the bands’ concert sales in Los Angeles, Seattle, Vancouver and Dallas were at or below 50%. Live Nation has contacted Billboard to inform us that these numbers are inaccurate. A representative for Live Nation told Billboard that the Los Angeles show was 60% sold out and was on track to be 90% sold out. Live Nation representatives also informed Billboard that reporting that fewer than 250 tickets had been sold for the band’s concert in Phoenix was not accurate. Billboard also removed a reference to Ron Lafitte’s involvement in the 2022 tour because it did not accurately describe his role in booking the tour.

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