Our Remedy for Summer’s Canceled Show Blues

You buy their songs, subscribe to their websites and spend hours hitting refresh, trying to nab their show tickets online. So what do you do when your favorite artists cancel their concerts?

Vocal cord injuries and acts of Mother Nature have conspired this summer to silence tour dates for many popular acts, including Florence + the Machine, Toby Keith, Jennifer Lopez, Van Halen and several Lollapalooza bands.  Performances by Alabama Shakes, Temper Trap and Paper Diamond were canceled this past Saturday due to rain and wind gusts up to 70 mph at Chicago’s Lollapalooza 2012. More than 50,000 concertgoers were told to take shelter in nearby garages.

Soggy grounds also shut down a popular Kylie Minogue/Jason Donovan ‘80s reunion show in London’s Hyde Park. “I feel for all the fans who bought tickets,” Minogue told reporters.

Likewise, ticketholders hoping to see classic rock frontman David Lee Roth and guitarist Eddie Van Halen were crushed when Van Halen canceled all its reunion tour shows after June 26. Roth posted a video online saying, “Our schedule has been sidelined for unnecessary roughness.”

Earlier this summer, vocal cord injuries struck down country’s Miranda Lambert and the red-haired songstress of Florence + the Machine. Even tough guy Toby Keith postponed a Sparta, Wisc. show due to gall bladder surgery.

And the cancellations keep on coming. This week, “American Idol” judge Jennifer Lopez and co-headliner Enrique Iglesias pulled out of Sunday’s Anaheim, Calif. show without explanation.

Shut out of your favorite show? Most often, ticket promoters will refund your money. But that doesn’t ease your disappointment. Why not dim the lights, invite your friends over and create your own concert experience? Make a playlist of your favorite bands’ hits on MyMusicCloud, where our music store has more than 11 million songs by these artists and thousands more. The best part? No rain.

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