Counting Crows cancels concert

Popular band Counting Crows canceled its Oct. 27 show at GW, citing scheduling conflicts. The band cut 12 other university concerts nationwide and does not plan to reschedule the shows.

Program Board Executive Chair Alicia O’Neil said students can return their tickets to the Marvin Center’s Ticketmaster beginning Tuesday until Oct. 26 for a full refund.

More than 3,500 of the 4,000 tickets for the show were sold, she said.

O’Neil said PB will sponsor an event that weekend but has not yet planned a replacement activity.

The Program Board is “actively pursuing other shows,” O’Neil said, including smaller acts to perform in Lisner Auditorium or the Marvin Center ballroom.

“We are always looking for artists students will be happy with,” O’Neil said. She said the PB is looking for local acts but declined to name specific bands.

Students said they are disappointed with the cancellation.

“I am really upset because I am a huge fan of the Counting Crows and I had friends coming in from out of town,” freshman Brett Goldslager said.

“I was actually going to buy tickets (Monday),” senior Ilana Schwartz said. “Concert acts have been getting better the last few years. Hopefully (the PB) can bring Ben Harper or Ben Folds Five to replace the Crows.”

The University General Counsel’s office is looking into potential breach of contract by the Counting Crows. Although the University never paid the band for its expected appearance, GW will lose their initial investment for advertising and ticketing.

–Shaina Schallop and Mosheh Oinounou

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