As New Year's Eve draws closer new concerts are added, others cancelled
New Years Eve concerts around the world have been talked about for months now. Theyve been hyped and promoted and even with all that publicity some musicians are deciding to change plans others are finding new ways to make money off their music.
Lets start with the Artist formally known as--well you know-- hes decided he wants to be first to perform a concert this New Years Eve. And "the artist" is taking a new approach to raising money. Hes planning a pay-per-view concert that will kick off at 10p.m. on December 31. The show will include some special guests and it can be yours for the low-low price of $19.95 per home.
One young 13-year old opera prodigy received three impressive invitations for New Years Eve. Charlotte Church was invited to sing for Pope John Paul II, Queen Elizabeth II and U.S. President Bill Clinton. Who did she choose? None of the Above. In fact, mom and dad won young Charlottes heart. The young international star is going to stay home this New Years Eve.
Charlotte Church isnt the only well known celebrity opting to lay low this New Year. The Rolling Stones turned down a reported $10 Million so they could celebrate in private. The Three Tenors cancelled a show so they could spend the holiday with loved ones.
Other stars are staying home, not because of choice but because of lack of interest in their services.
Michael Jackson spend the first half of this year hyping a Sydney, Australia concert that would make him the first pop star to perform in the 21st Century. He was then going to fly to Hawaii for a second concert and celebrate New Years Eve twice. Instead of flying around the world, Michael Jackson will be at home; hes going to make a new record instead.
Jewel last week cancelled a show scheduled in her home state of Alaska. Only 1,000 of the 8,000 seats had been sold. It looks like her hometown fans were not willing to pay between $65 and $99 for a ticket.
Some singers are going forward with plans and making a lot of money in the process. Barbara Streisand added a Las Vegas concert for New Years night when her $1,500 to $2,500 seats sold out to her New Years Eve bash. Jimmy Buffets L.A. concert is on, and tickets are priced up to $1,500. Celine Dion is Canadas biggest Y2K star, and her tickets have just recently sold out for a performance in Montreal. Those tickets cost between $45 and $200.
With just a few weeks to go until New Years Eve the concerts seem less likely to change, we can only hope. In some cases its not just the stars that want to stay home,much of the public is pulling up a recliner right next to them and watching the New Year ring in on television.
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