Drake fans in Memphis were left disappointed and frustrated after the rapper canceled his concert at the FedExForum, which was scheduled for August 6. The show, part of his “It’s All A Blur” tour with 21 Savage, was one of the most anticipated events of the summer.
According to TicketMaster, the reason for the cancellation was “unforeseen circumstances”. No further details were given, and no rescheduled date was announced. Those who already purchased tickets on TicketMaster do not have to take action for their refund to be delivered. It will return to the form of payment it was purchased with.
The show was originally scheduled for June 29, but had to be postponed due to Drake’s health issues. The rapper had undergone a surgery on his knee in October 2022, and was still recovering from it. He had also contracted COVID-19 in March 2023, and had to isolate himself for two weeks.
The “It’s All A Blur” tour was supposed to mark Drake’s return to touring since headlining Aubrey & the Three Migos Tour in 2018. In the last five years, the four-time Grammy winner and multiplatinum selling artist has released four albums, including his most recent studio album, “Her Loss”, in collaboration with 21 Savage, which reached No. 1 on the Billboard’s 200 chart and had all 16 songs debut on Billboard’s Hot 100 list.
The tour was also a chance for Drake to reconnect with his fans in Memphis, where he has strong ties. His father, Dennis Graham, is from Memphis, and Drake often visits the city and pays tribute to its musical heritage. He even received a key to the city from Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris in June 2023.
Drake has not commented on the cancellation on his social media accounts or through his representatives. However, some fans have expressed their anger and disappointment on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, using hashtags like #DrakeCanceledMemphis and #RefundDrakeTickets.
Some fans have also speculated that the cancellation might have something to do with Drake’s ongoing feud with Kanye West, who recently released his tenth studio album, “Donda”, on August 5. The album features several diss tracks aimed at Drake, such as “Hurricane”, “Junya”, and “Pure Souls”. Drake has not responded to West’s provocations yet, but some fans believe that he might be preparing a surprise release of his own album, “Certified Lover Boy”, which has been delayed since January 2023.
The cancellation of the Memphis show is a major blow for both Drake and his fans, as well as for the FedExForum and the city’s economy. The show was expected to draw a large crowd of more than 18,000 people, and generate millions of dollars in revenue for the venue and the local businesses.
The FedExForum has not issued an official statement on the cancellation yet, but it has updated its website and social media accounts with the information. It has also apologized to the fans for any inconvenience caused by the cancellation.
The “It’s All A Blur” tour will continue with its next stop in Atlanta on August 8. The tour will also visit other cities across North America, such as Miami, New York, Toronto, Los Angeles, and Houston. The tour is scheduled to end on October 6 in Chicago.
Fans who still want to see Drake live can check out his tour dates and buy tickets online. However, they should be aware that there is no guarantee that the shows will not be canceled or postponed again due to unforeseen circumstances.