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Prince benefit in aid of George Michael foundation axed last minute

By | Published on Tuesday 8 February 2011


A Super Bowl Weekend benefit concert in Dallas, set to feature performances from Prince and Erykah Badu, and held in aid of George Michael’s Goss Michael Foundation, was cancelled at the last minute on Friday after promoters ran out of cash.

The fundraiser, called TheEvent, was staged by a new company called the River Alexander Group, and a spokesman for the Foundation – which was founded by Michael with his partner Kenny Goss – says they were assured throughout that all was going to plan for the show, even when the venue was changed relatively last minute.

But then on Friday it was announced the show had been cancelled. The Associated Press cites sources who say some of River Alexander’s investors had pulled out resulting in the promoter running out of money, to the extent that they couldn’t afford the travel fees to get Prince and his entourage to Dallas for the gig.

Joyce Goss, Executive Director of the foundation, told Dallas News: “We faced a disappointment that is immeasurable for us, our scholarship recipients and our supporters. Both Kenny Goss and I are extremely disappointed that TheEvent featuring Prince was cancelled. It continues to be our understanding that River Alexander Group, the event organiser, was unable to fund and produce the evening. Up to the very last minute they assured us the ‘show would go on'”.

The promoter is yet to comment any further on the cancellation.