Iggy Azalea’s “The Great Escape Tour” is taking a detour. The Grammy-nominated Australian rapper was scheduled to embark on her North American arena concert trek this spring, including an April 23 date at San Diego’s Valley View Casino Center.
Now, she has postponed the entire tour until fall. The reorganized itinerary comes with a bonus for her San Diego fans: Azalea’s tour will now kick off here Sept. 18 at Valley View Casino Center. (All of the new dates appear below.)
Tickets for her April Valley View show and other dates on the tour, except Baltimore, Las Vegas and Sacramento, will be valid for the new dates in the fall. The Baltimore, Las Vegas and Sacramento shows have been canceled altogether. Tickets for all dates can be refunded a point of purchase.
The decision to postpone the tour appears to be sudden. As of this writing, Azalea’s website still lists all of her previously announced spring concert dates, as does the axs.com web site, which is still selling tickets for her April 23 show here at Valley View Casino Center.
A press release issued Tuesday morning by AEG Live, the tour’s promoter, cited production concerns as the reason the tour has been postponed.
It reads: “Tour dates for Grammy-nominated Iggy Azaleaâ€™s The Great Escape Tour, have been rescheduled due to tour production delays. To accommodate for creative team availability and tour production plans, it was determined that the tour will not be ready this Spring. It is extremely important to Iggy that she delivers the show she envisaged to share with her fans and that requires more time in development. Instead, The Great Escape Tour will take place beginning Friday, September 18 in San Diego, CA.”
The press release also indicates that the opening acts for the spring tour, Nick Jonas and TinashÃ©, will be replaced.
It is unclear if advance ticket sales for the spring tour were not meeting expectations. Azalea recently quit both her Twitter and Instagram sites, citing a flood of hostile comments as the reason. In an age where social media plays an increasingly key role in promoting an artist’s career, her decision to back off social media could be negatively impacting promotion for her tour.
On the other hand, since she announced that her management would be running her Instagram account for her “until further notice,” it’s difficult to accurately gauge the role of social media as a factor in her tour postponement.
The new rescheduled dates will go as follows:
Friday, Sept. 18 San Diego, CA Valley View Casino Center
Sunday, Sept. 20 Fresno, CA SaveMart Center
Thursday, Sept. 24 Oakland, CA The Oracle Arena
Friday, Sept. 25 Los Angeles, CA STAPLES Center
Tuesday, Sept. 29 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
Thursday, Oct. 1 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
Friday, Oct. 2 Rosemont, IL Allstate Arena
Saturday, Oct. 3 Auburn Hills, MI The Palace of Auburn Hills
Monday, Oct. 5 Washington, DC Verizon Center
Tuesday, Oct. 6 Boston, MA TD Garden
Thursday, Oct. 8 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
Saturday, Oct. 10 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
Sunday, Oct.11 Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center
Monday, Oct. 12 Newark, NJ Prudential Center
Thursday, Oct. 15 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena
Saturday, Oct. 17 Miami, FL American Airlines Arena
Sunday, Oct. 18 Orlando, FL Amway Center
Thursday, Oct. 22 Houston, TX Toyota Center
Friday, Oct. 23 Austin, TX Frank Erwin Center
Sunday, Oct. 25 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
Tuesday, Oct. 27 Glendale, AZ Gila River Arena