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'American Idol' Winner's Cary Concert Canceled

Posted May 26, 2007

— "American Idol" winner Taylor Hicks won't be performing this summer at Cary's Booth Amphitheatre.

Concert promoter Live Nation announced Friday the stop on Hicks' five-month promotional tour has been canceled because of scheduling conflicts.

Refunds will be available starting May 29 at the point of purchase.

Hicks rose to prominence in 2006 on the fifth season of the Fox singing competition. In December, he released his self-titled album, which debuted on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart at No. 2.


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  • unc4ever May 28, 2007

    Dont cancel the concert, I'll take his place and sing anything. I will pick 3 or 4 people out of the audience that probably cant carry a tune any better than me to be my backup singers and will promise you one of the best and (funniest) concerts of the year! proves you dont have to be famous to be good...

  • mchlpickle May 28, 2007

    May be the ford commercials done him in. LOL!!!

  • littleredwolfie May 28, 2007

    Steve Crisp, I was not trying to knock Taylor Hicks. I think he is a good singer...however, for some reason, he has not had that much exposure. I had not heard anything about him until last week when appeared on the Idol finale...with the exception of the Ford commercial. Maybe he needs a new agent. Let's face it...Daughtry and Carrie Underwood are all over the air waves. There is a lot of good music out there...so, please understand that I was not trying to knock Taylor Hicks. I believe everyone has a right to his/her own taste in music. The only music I cannot tolerate is some of the music today that talks of killing cops, disrespecting the law and promoting drug use. To me, that has no redeeming social value whatsoever!!!

  • Steve Crisp May 28, 2007

    I actually got to the ticket window to purchase 10 seats about three minutes after word came down that the concert was cancelled. We have tickets for two other venues, though.

    Yes, there are alot of people who really like Taylor Hicks. And, like me, there are a whole bunch of folks who really do not like Pink Floyd as was mentioned in a prior post. That doesn't mean that Pink Floyd is not amazing, they are; I just don't particularly care for them as a whole. And I almost never knock other's taste in music with two notable exceptions.

    I can not for the life of me understand how Asians listen to the music that they listen to in China and other eastern countries. It absolutely curls my spine. And I can not understand how people listen to Death Metal which isn't even music in the first place, but some cacophonous, gutteral screaming set against utter random noise that is played too loud as its main attraction.

  • packandcanesfan May 27, 2007

    more like "poor ticket sales"


    That was my first thought. I know alot of AI fans, but don't know one person that would pay to see Taylor. I don't dislike him, be he just ain't got it unfortunately.

  • littleredwolfie May 27, 2007

    I have a suggestion for a replacement for the Taylor Hicks concert. A little over a week ago, the N.C. Symphony, along with a rock band, performed the music of Pink Floyd. Let me tell you...they rocked the house out. There was not a vacant seat in the Meymandi Concert Hall. The concert was smoking!!! I don't think Pink Floyd could have done it any better!!!

  • headlong May 27, 2007

    I agree with the one Poster on here...bring on more ROCK!!!

  • Frank Downtown May 27, 2007

    awww, I can't go on. He was on what tv program?

  • party pooper May 27, 2007

    Oh how awful!

  • Steve Crisp May 27, 2007

    Until he does, he will always be in the shadows compared to Bill Medley, Joe Cocker, Michael McDonald, John Fogerty and David Clayton-Thomas, He really has that kind of potential, though. He also has the problem of being in between two different broad generations of listeners. His age puts him younger than the boomers who jammed to more of the rock sound in the late 60s and 70s and the current kids who listen to some stuff that makes absolutely no sense to me overall. His age group puts him with those who were raised on the punk/Seattle/grunge sound and he certainly does not appeal to them at all.

    He's got a tough road ahead for a lot of reasons not his own fault. But just wait until he does his first "own" album with a cover of Georgia, Try A Little Tenderness, Radar Love, and What is Hip plus six of his own.