WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — After cancelling Lady Gaga’s performance at Purdue University’s Elliott Hall of Music shortly before she was set to take the stage, Gaga’s tour management company announced a rescheduled date for the Monster Ball Tour concert and assured fans that their tickets would be honored.
Todd Wetzel, director of Purdue Convocations, said that anyone unable to attend the rescheduled performance will be offered a refund at the point of purchase. The producers request that any potential returns be conducted prior to the Jan. 26 rescheduled concert date.
Disappointed concert goers are still speculating about cause of the cancellation. Officially, the statement released by her management company said:
Ladies and Gentlemen:
We are very sorry to announce that Lady Gaga will not be able to take the stage this evening due to sudden illness.
Although she wanted to perform, she has been advised by medical personnel to postpone this evening’s performance though it pains her greatly to do so.
She hopes that you, her fans, understand the situation she finds herself in and know that she fully intends to return to Purdue on January 26 to perform for you.
Please retain your tickets, which will be required and honored for admittance for the rescheduled performance.
Thank you for your understanding.
In her official Twitter stream, Gaga explained that she was heartbroken and “begged everyone to let [her] go onstage” but that she was advised against performing because the “stage has complicated mechanical elements, everyone was concerned [she]‘d be in danger during the 2hr show”.
Many fans expressed concern for Gaga’s health and well being, wishing her the best, while other were less sympathetic to her plight and believed the decision to cancel might have been influenced by her scheduled appearance on Oprah on Friday morning.
A fan (who asked to remain nameless) said, “I guess if I had to choose between performing in nowhere Indiana and then performing poorly on Oprah or skipping Indiana and kicking ass on Oprah, I’d have to vote for kicking ass on Oprah. I’ll just be really disappointed if it turns out that’s what happened.”