BLOOMINGTON — People were already standing in line for the Eric Church country music show at 6 p.m. Sunday when U.S. Cellular Coliseum was notified that the show was canceled due to the singer’s illness.

Hundreds of fans gathered in downtown Bloomington and expressed their disappointment, and in some cases, anger and frustration. Some traveled more than 100 miles. One person took a night off work to go to the concert.

Many who bought their tickets at the Coliseum went to the box office and got refunds. Others who bought from Ticketmaster or Stub Hub will go back to the point of purchase for refunds, said Jenna Wilson, communication manager at the Coliseum.

“I’ve played shows with injuries before, but unfortunately (I) cannot overcome having no voice,” Church said in a personal note to fans, which was released by the Coliseum.

“I hate (that) this came so late in the day, but I’ve tried everything I know of to get (my voice) back and wanted to give it as much time as I could to try and make the show happen.”

Wilson said Church “really apologizes.”

In his note, Church said, “To the fans that were planning on attending, I owe you one.”

Some people found out about the cancellation when it was announced at local pubs. Others didn’t know until they got to the doors.

“I came 100 miles,” said Cindy Paulson of Willow Springs. She came to the concert because her daughter, Cindy Paulson, an Illinois State University student, had won two free tickets.

She said it wasn’t a total waste of time. She will still enjoy visiting with her daughter. “We’re going to see ‘The Hunger Games,’” she said.

Sarah Marshall of Decatur only learned about Church’s cancellation when she got out of her car in the parking garage near the Coliseum.

It was the first time she was going to see the 34-year-old singer. “That’s the sad part,” she said.

Church has gained popularity every year since his 2006 debut of “Sinners Like Me.” Among the early radio hits that followed were “How ’Bout You,” “Two Pink Lines” and “Guys Like Me.” He was the Academy of Country Music’s 2011 best new solo artist.

The Sunday show was added because the Saturday show sold out so fast. “In 30 minutes,” Wilson said.

Fans had posted pictures of the show on their Facebook pages, encouraging others to go.

“I have friends who came to the concert last night,” said an annoyed John Moody from Atwood. He and a friend couldn’t understand why there couldn’t be a little more notice. “We won’t be back,” he said.

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Clintonian
Clintonian

I'd say the big winners this week from eric church were...the girls at kappa sat night! illness...phffft

MrValid
MrValid

A buddy of mine said he saw Eric at Pub II drinkin' beer and eatin' cheese balls.

MindYourOwn
MindYourOwn

The sad thing is that the only reason the Saturday show sold out so fast was because of Brantley Gilbert not Eric Church. And I also heard from people who were at Saturday's performance that Eric was drinking whiskey on stage and saying how he was going to get drunk in celebration of being there more than one night...

CaptainZoomZoom
CaptainZoomZoom

If this were a legitimate illness there would be a make up show announced right away. What happened in this case is that when the second show was added ticket sales did not go as well as expected. This accounts for the last minute decision to cancel the show when tickets did not reach the projected number to sustain the second show.

ptfan
ptfan

How can anyone consider more than 6,000 tickets to mean added ticket sales did not go as well as expected??

Furthermore, if that were the case, then they could've, should've and I hope would've given more notice than that.

CaptainZoomZoom
CaptainZoomZoom

There were less than 3200 tickets sold for the Sunday performance per the box office employee I spoke with earlier today. As for your furthermore, of course they would wait until the last minute to announce a cancellatiion. Promoters would want to give last minute concert goers an opportunity to decide to attend while they are counting the number of tickets being sold. If this had been a legitimate illness there would have been a make up date announced immediately but there has not even been an offer of a make up date. That is a huge clue that there was not enough interest to warrant back to back shows.

sunid81
sunid81

Almost 6,000 tickets were sold, not 3,200

betterthenyou
betterthenyou

we need to get lady gaga or gwar to come to town that would be awesome!!!

peni1234
peni1234

Is it true she wrote "born this way" after you?

TC
TC

I was there on Saturday night, it was a great concert, both from Brantly and Eric. While Eric did mention he was happy not to have to move on after the show, I did not hear him say he was going to get drunk, or saw him drinking on stage. However, there was a huge party after the show for the band that lasted very late. I imagine the party did have more to account for the show canceled. Every singer always says it is the voice, and never anything else. It was like not long ago, George Jones had to cancel at Peoria, they always have those special reasons. Now, Church should be held accountable to the colesium.
As far as the ticket sales, I think it was good, there was almost the same crowd standing outside on Sunday night as there was on Saturday night.

CaptainZoomZoom
CaptainZoomZoom

George Jones, Johnny Cash, and Axel Rose hold the record for most cancellations of shows by performers.

Diehardfan
Diehardfan

He went and Partied too hard...had the "brown bottle" flu and couldn't recover in time!
Maybe he should offer a free show to those he screwd over and personally apoligize for being irresponsible and un-proofesional.....it woild be the only "fitting" thing to do. I was told he didn't get back to his "room" til 5 AM!!!

Murphee
Murphee

I also heard there was only around 3,000 tickets sold for the Sunday show too. They waited for the walkup sales on Sunday and then finally cancelled...maybe thats why he stayed out drinking all night on Saturday. I feel bad for the people who were actually going on Sunday though...that sucks.
And now we have Willie Nelson booked, REALLY????
Does no one else want to play a small venue and this is what we get stuck with

Diehardfan
Diehardfan

Murphee...It's awfully funny that the Castle Theater can book some "larger than average" acts and it only holds...maybe..a few hundered...and the US Cellular Collsieum can't book but Country....Ohh sorry...forgot about Shine down....Five Finger Death Punch(what a name)...Still think he was "Hang'n too badd...couldn't stay away from the"Porceline-God"!!

sunid81
sunid81

"I heard and I heard...." I worked at the coliseum as a volunteer Saturday and Sunday. Eric was not drinking on stage (I can not attest to what he did after the concert) and there were close to 6,000 tickets sold for Sunday's concert (not "less then 3,200"). I believe a make up date was not announced because the man is right in the middle of a crazy nationwide tour. I am pretty disappointed as we would have made good tips Sunday but seriously, the "I heard" rumors are getting funny.

Rallo
Rallo

Sometimes listening to crappy pop country has it's pitfalls...

Jamerson
Jamerson

How on earth would they have announced a make-up date when they announced the cancellation? That's just silly. The promoter, the management (talent), and the venue management would all have to work to figure out a date that would work before any make-up date could be selected. So, that bit of illogic calls the rest of your pronouncements into question as well.

hlokty82
hlokty82

He is touring with his wife and kids, so I doubt he was out drinking and going to Kappa. Give the guy a freaking break. Singing night after night after night for months on end is not easy. It happens, so just RELAX!!! There are bigger issues in the world to worry about!!!

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Maui62
Maui62

Wow...you MUST be a Country fan...what language IS that?

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rnner65
rnner65

Amen to second paragraph!

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