Regardless of an artist's excuse for cancelling a gig, the crowd is bound to be left feeling a little shortchanged. We are, however, prepared to grant deep south wailers Kings of Leon a reprieve after they quit a concert in St Louis when a troupe of pigeons bombarded them with excrement. Such was the volume and accuracy of the natural missiles the band could no longer perform. Here are five more often bizarre, occasionally lamentable and rarely excusable reasons for cancelling a gig.
1. Teenage wet blanket Justin Bieber was 'forced' to cancel a concert in Sydney after the mere prospect of his appearance caused such hysteria in the baying crowd of teenage girls, authorities deemed it no longer safe to go on. What a man.
2. Infamously stubborn – we mean, principled – Morrissey, who once cancelled a gig when he found out the venue was a former abattoir, refused to take his world tour to Canada in 2009 in protest of their annual seal hunting season.
3. Mid-way through "Paradise by the Dashboard Light" at a gig in Newcastle, Meatloaf clearly had an epiphany and realised there was no paradise whatsoever to be found in the ‘Toon, or at his next date in Birmingham for that matter, so announced his retirement from music.
4. Fortunately for our society of consummate bottle-neckers, this moment of rock ‘n’ roll hilarity was caught on camera. Anton Newcombe of The Brianjones Town Massacre, from stage height, kicked a man squarely in the head with his Doc Martins after his girlfriend’s acoustic set was heckled. Oomph. The show did not go on.
5. Electronic pioneers Soulwax were forced to cut short a show in Liverpool after a fracas broke out between the band and the bouncers which resulted in the drummer being punched. It must have been due to ideological differences as lead-singer David Dewaele could be heard pleading “to let the kids dance”.