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Britney Without Enrique

03:01 PM Wednesday 3/30/11 | |

Yesterday’s concert biz began with Britney Spears’ announcement on “Good Morning America” saying Enrique Iglesias would appear on her summer tour. But by the end of the day Iglesias issued a statement saying he wasn’t on the outing scheduled to begin June 17 in Sacramento. What happened?

  • Britney's GMA Concert

    Britney Spears performs on ABC's "Good Morning America" show at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco.
    March 27, 2011

    (AP Photo)


All of us here at Pollstar’s multi-story HQ located in beautiful Fresno, Calif., were taken aback when we first saw the tour announcement titled “International Pop Icons Britney Spears and Enrique Iglesias Announce North American Summer Tour.” Heck, we thought it was a brilliant pairing guaranteed to sell tickets.

But almost as soon as the announcement landed on our doorstep came published reports that Iglesias would not be on the tour. With the exception of personal issues, such as health, family or rehab, it’s not often to see such a high-profile artist announce a tour on nationwide TV followed by the other act on the bill saying it isn’t a go. So, what did happen?

First of all, there were plenty of questions about the original announcement, which read as if the tour might have been planned as a co-headline outing even though words like “co-bill” and “co-headline” were nowhere to be found in the press release.

However, the big question on the Pollstar campus was about ticket prices. After all, having two big names on the same bill isn’t cheap. Production costs, including transportation, lodging and meals for each artist’s road crews as well as the actual sets created for a tour this large, are bound to affect ticket prices.

Almost 24 hours after the initial tour announcement, there might be some answers. Referencing unidentified sources, TMZ reported that even though “the deal was actually very favorable to Enrique,” the singer wasn’t all that keen on opening for Spears.

From TMZ:

“But just hours before Britney’s camp went public, Enrique was burning up the phone lines and the Internet, engaging various people connected with the tour in lengthy conversations in which he made it clear – he was, in reality, Britney’s opening act and he wanted out.”

  • Enrique Iglesias

    Madison Square Garden, New York City
    February 5, 2011

    (Greg Allen / GregAllenPhotos.com)


Wait a minute. It’s not likely that a tour of this magnitude moved to the public announcement stage if there were no signatures on contracts and everybody involved hadn’t signed off on it. Would it?

Guess you have to read between the lines to sort that one out. A statement issued yesterday by Iglesias representative Gary Mantoosh said the singer wouldn’t tour with Spears “despite initial reports based on formal discussions of the possible run.”

Kind of makes it sound as if the pairing was far from being a done deal, doesn’t it?  Despite whatever went on behind the scenes, it appears that Spears’ people believed everyone was close enough to the same page to announce the tour.

Meanwhile, at least one U.S. venue, Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y., has posted its April 9 general public onsale on Ticketmaster, listing prices ranging from $96 to $346.50. Factor in fees and additional taxes and that $96 ticket becomes $116.05 while the $346.50 ducat ends up costing the fan $372.75. What the listing doesn’t tell you is whether those prices were established before or after Iglesias bailed out.

But then, the only thing one can say for sure about Britney Spears’ tour is that Britney is on it.

  • Britney Spears

    performs on ABC's "Good Morning America" show, taped at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco March 27 and aired March 29.
    March 27, 2011

    (AP Photo)


Click here to read the TMZ article and here to read the original tour announcement.


  1. live concert freak wrote:

    11:55 AM, Mar 31, 2011

    theblairbunch wrote:02:01 PM, Mar 31, 2011

    @ live concert freak Once again we are dazzled by your brilliance. That was Ashlee Simpson Dumb Ass!  @ teamcoco  Ditto

    I stand corrected and do apologize for the mix up. One no talent hack is the same as the other. I must have been confused. Brittany's sister is the one who got "knocked up" as a teenager. That is WAY better than lip syncing....  isn't it??????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. theblairbunch wrote:

    10:01 AM, Mar 31, 2011

    @ live concert freak Once again we are dazzled by your brilliance. That was Ashlee Simpson Dumb Ass!  @ teamcoco  Ditto

  3. Evster wrote:

    09:54 AM, Mar 31, 2011

    I was at the GMA performance and was about to offer the defense that her hooks are so catchy they're still ringing in my head as I write this. But then I remembered that she likely had nothing to do with those hooks, so she's really got nothing. At this point the only difference between Britney and Charlie Sheen is boobs and backup dancers.

  4. teamcoco wrote:

    09:14 AM, Mar 31, 2011

    Personally, I don't see how someone over the age of 19 listens to this type of garbage.  With that said....I'd still do her.  Just sayin.

  5. mcferglestein wrote:

    08:03 AM, Mar 31, 2011

    Her management has been kind enough to let the fans decide who will be her new opening act. My vote is for "A physician, delivering a stern lecture on the dangers of prescription drug abuse to Britney's fans."


  6. live concert freak wrote:

    06:24 AM, Mar 31, 2011

    bep76 wrote:  she is nothing more than puppet money machine for her father and mgt team.

    Well said!!! and lets not forget about her no talent sister on SNL. wasn't even smart enough to know the song she was supposed to lip sync?!?!?!?!

  7. bep76 wrote:

    12:05 AM, Mar 31, 2011

    after seeing her perform on gma, one thing is for sure. the tour will not be worth 346.00. she seems so out of it and not interested, you wonder if she is being forced to tour. her dancing is far from where it used to be, and there is absolutely no live singing. since her mgt team requires all interviews to be pre taped and edited by them, there is little chance you will hear her voice at all. she wont be allowed to speak in public. she is nothing more than puppet money machine for her father and mgt team.

  8. GeorgeDubya wrote:

    03:53 PM, Mar 30, 2011

    I don't think the world was ready to have two such "gifted singers" on the same stage.

    And someone should hire a dance coach for Brit so it doesn't look like she is counting off the dance moves in her head.  That or get crappy back up dancers so the difference isn't so glaring.

  9. theblairbunch wrote:

    03:41 PM, Mar 30, 2011

    I have the perfect opener for Britney! How bout Rebecca Black. Friday Friday Friday.......... Sing with me.

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