Friday, July 10, 2009

Mick Taylor Cancels Pittsburgh Show

Pittsburgh increasingly holds the short end of the music tour stick -- unless you don't mind the situation described by one long-time local industry insider: "they'll buy anything country and golden oldies, and I do mean anything, but that's about it" -- and I have gradually become resigned to traveling to Cleveland or elsewhere for at least half the shows I want to see.

But it is nonetheless disappointing to learn that Mick Taylor has cancelled the Hartwood Acres show that had been scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday. The change was attributed to a "health issue." A month or so ago, Rod Stewart cancelled his late summer concert at the Post-Gazette Pavilion, no reason provided.

Billy Price is a handy fill-in for Mick Taylor at Hartwood -- that's 7:30 p.m., Hartwood Acres, no charge -- but falling off the rock music map is one of the elements of Pittsburgh's decline that I like least.

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