All the Hits tour shrunk by one-third due to tight schedule & slow ticket sales
Two weeks after Lionel Richie was forced to postpone his tour with Mariah Carey because of a knee injury, the pair’s All the Hits tour has been rescheduled and reduced in size.
Originally slated to run mid-March to late May, the 35-date tour has been reduced to 21 dates, with show cancellations in Pittsburgh, Cleveland, St. Louis, Nashville and Charlotte.
The new tour, which kicks off July 21 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, and ends Sept. 5 at KeyArena in Seattle, was squeezed in between commitments for both artists, according to a statement from Live Nation.
“We had a small window between Lionel’s continued touring plans overseas in the fall,” the statement reads, “and Mariah’s scheduled Las Vegas residency to fit as many dates as we could route.”
Ticket sales for some of the dates on the original tour had been so-so, sources told Billboard, and many of the smaller markets didn’t get rescheduled, instead skipped over for big cities. Two nights at the Hollywood Bowl were pared down to one. Plans to play two New York City dates were scrapped; the Madison Square Garden show was rebooked while the Nassau Coliseum date was canceled. A show at Philips Arena in Atlanta was moved to the Infinite Energy Center in Duluth, Georgia, because of a scheduling conflict.