Fans Demand Refunds After Miley Cyrus Misses Concert
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 12.20.2013
She was stranded by weather...
Fans at Boston's KISS 108 Jingle Ball are demanding refunds after Miley Cyrus failed to show up for her headlining set at the concert. Billboard reports that Cyrus missed the concert after being stranded in New York due to Winter Storm Electra, but that the radio station aired segments claiming that she was already at the TD Garden for the December 14th gig.
Among the sound clips were ones which said "She's about to go onstage and soundcheck; we'll bring it to you live" and one in which a radio personality claimed to have bumped into Cyrus backstage. Cyrus and the station had posted an update to Twitter claiming that she wouldn't be there before the concert finished, but many within the audience weren't aware until the end of the show when a loudspeaker announced, "Thank You all for coming to the Jingle Ball. Due to weather Miley Cyrus could not appear."
Cyrus had played New York's Jingle Ball but the winter storm kept her from making it to Boston. Now, a petition on Change.org is demanding refunds. The petition's founder Rich Novak says he paid $800 for three tickets and said in the petition, "Kiss didn't have anyone come out in person and explain the situation or apologize. It was very unprofessional and I'm not sure why they lied and said she was there at the beginning of the concert. Probably so people wouldn't leave when they found out that it looked like the headliner couldn't make it. Needless to say the audience was disappointed when they heard the announcement. Some kids and even some teenagers were in tears."
He adds, "We paid to see Miley, who was headlining the show! If not a refund then Kiss should organize a free Miley concert for Jingle Ball ticket holders. Kiss 108 needs to do something because we did not get what we paid for."
A spokeperson from KISS 108 didn't comment on refunds or the promotional messages, but issued the following statement: "We were sorry to inform fans at Saturday night's Kiss 108 Jingle Ball concert at TD Garden in Boston that Miley Cyrus was unable to perform. Unfortunately mechanical issues and inclement weather conditions in the Northeast prevented Miley Cyrus' flight from departing to Boston. When we received confirmation from Miley's management that she was unable to perform, we communicated to fans through social media and press. Miley was extremely disappointed she couldn't be there to perform, but looks forward to her next opportunity to entertain her fans in Boston.Kiss 108's Jingle Ball 2013 continued throughout the evening with a great line-up including Fifth Harmony, Robin Thicke, Fall Out Boy, Flo Rida, Selena Gomez, Paramore and Enrique Iglesias."