Shock as Avicii pulls plug on 2015 gigs
The Local · 3 Sep 2015, 12:20
Published: 03 Sep 2015 12:20 GMT+02:00
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A spokesperson for Avicii confirmed to US Billboard magazine, who broke the story, that he would be moving his upcoming performances in Las Vegas, Shanghai and Japan to next year for a ”larger tour initiative and a well deserved break”.
The announcement comes just over a year after the Swedish artist called off earlier shows around the world after undergoing surgery to remove his gall bladder and appendix.
Upset fans took to social media on Thursday to express their disappointment.
@Avicii u better NOT cancel your Japan Tour for the 3RD time in a row literally no ones gunna trust to buy tickets if u keep canceling— ℕεnε (@nene_sparks6) September 3, 2015
@Avicii SO LIKE WHAT IS GOING ON???? Did you really cancel your show?— LEVELS➡️MIA (@ridinwdat_NINA) September 3, 2015
But others came to the Swedish DJ star's defence.
I understand people are upset about the cancellations but don't turn it into cyber bullying. Avicii, or Tim is a human being just like you.— Swevicii (@Swevicii) September 3, 2015
The 26-year-old superstar, whose real name is Tim Bergling, lives in a luxury house in Los Angeles, but hails from Stockholm and is a regular visitor to his home country. With hits including 'Wake Me Up' and 'Hey Brother', he has risen to global stardom in the past years.
But the DJ hinted to Billboard that his success has come at a price, saying his hectic summer schedule – including a gig at Sweden's royal wedding – had prompted him to call off his shows for the rest of the year.
“I look forward to keep being innovative with my team in leading a bigger change than just with my music. In moving my tour promotional responsibilities to next year, I have a great opportunity to focus on myself and spend time trying to grow up in a way I never got the chance to – normal, or as normal as it could get,” he said.
”My team, label and family have encouraged me to do that and I realize not many in my position get that opportunity.”