Miley Cyrus managed to shock Charlotte fans on Monday night without even setting foot on stage: Barely half an hour before the pop star’s scheduled concert at Time Warner Cable Arena, she abruptly canceled.
According to a Live Nation press release, “Cyrus has been diagnosed with flu and doctors have ordered her to rest.” A notice posted at the arena by Ticketmaster said the show will not be rescheduled.
Shortly before 6:30 p.m., arena employees started dismantling balloon columns decorating the venue and turning large masses of mostly female fans away, sparking mass disappointment.
“I showed up, spent all my money on gas, got there and found out the show was cancelled,” said Molly Crunkleton, 19. She said she drove in from Belmont and had just paid for parking when a security guard told her the show was called off. “I’m very angry right now.”
There was also outrage on Twitter (which is, not surprisingly, how many of her young fans heard the news).
“Big Miley fan but I’m done,” wrote @itsacruelworld. “After waiting in the rain for an hour? Pathetic.”
“MILEY I HATE YOU FOR CANCELLING IM LITERALLY ABOUT TO CRY,” tweeted @theofficial_Ari.
But not all concertgoers were upset.
“It’s just a bunch of angry 15-year-olds in short-shorts,” said Katie Levans, 28, who had scored free tickets and had planned to attend with a friend. “Now we get to go drink, because we’re the only ones old enough to do that.”
Monday’s cancellation came six days after Cyrus’s beloved dog, Floyd, was attacked and killed by a coyote. At a show in Boston last Thursday, the singer dedicated Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide” to the pup, and wept through the performance.
Prior to her loss, the 21-year-old’s “Bangerz” tour had made headlines mostly for its risque content, which includes twerking showgirls, revealing costumes, profanity and drug references.
This would have been Cyrus’s first Charlotte concert since 2009, when she came here the day after her 17th birthday and performed as her then-Disney Channel alter ego, Hannah Montana.
Cyrus’s concert scheduled for PNC Arena in Raleigh on Tuesday will go on as planned, according to Live Nation.
Refunds for tickets to her Charlotte show will be available at the point of ticket purchase; tickets purchased online or by phone will be automatically refunded, Live Nation said in its statement.
Staff writer Andrew Dunn contributed.