Top 10 Non-Shows of 2010: Most Disappointing Capital Region Concert Cancellations

Shows are cancelled for myriad reasons. Illness. Weather. Lack of ticket sales. Scheduling conflicts. Visa problems. And, of course, that ever-popular legal catch-all: Act of God.

Some concerts actually went through two postponements before they finally arrived on a Nippertown stage. The blockbuster Elton John/Billy Joel concert at the Times Union Center was scheduled for Monday, July 27, 2009. Then it was re-scheduled for Monday, December 7, 2009. Then it was postponed again and finally took place on Thursday, March 11 of this year. Worth the wait? Meh…

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We’ll reserve our judgement on 30 Seconds to Mars, who were originally slated to drop into Northern Lights in Clifton Park on Saturday, September 11. That show was postponed to Friday, November 5. Then that show was postponed again to Friday, February 4, 2011. Will it be worth it? Well, you go to the show and let us know…

Anyway, here are the shows that we were most interested in seeing – for one reason or another – but never had the opportunity:

1. Lou Donaldson @ A Place for Jazz, Schnectady, Friday, September 10
2. Flogging Molly @ Northern Lights, Clifton Park, Sunday, April 18 (The band will finally make it to Northern Lights on Sunday, February 20)
3. Rodrigo y Gabriela @ The Egg, Albany, Tuesday, October 12
4. Simon & Garfunkel @ Tanglewood, Lenox, Tuesday, July 24
5. Ronnie Spector @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock, Friday, June 25
6. Jason Molina/Will Johnson @ The Linda, Albany, Monday, February 1
7. Donnybrook Fair @ The Egg, Albany, Thursday, March 11
8. thingNY @ the Brick Elephant, Valley Falls, Sunday, June 20
9. Slavic Soul Party @ the Central Park Music Haven, Schenectady, Sunday, August 22 (The band will finally make it to Nippertown for shows at Club Helsinki Hudson in Hudson on Friday, February 18 and at Proctors in Schenectady on Saturday, February 19)
10. Chris Brown @ Washington Avenue Armory, Albany, Saturday, October 16

Got a Best of 2010 list that you’d like to contribute? Best concerts of the year? Best local music moments of the year? Best whatever? Please send it along to

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