English soul singer Lisa Stansfield canceled performances in New York and Baltimore after one of her backing band was hospitalized in New York Thursday night.
It was unclear just what prompted the cancellations. Officials at the Pier Six Concert Pavilion, where Stansfield was scheduled to perform yesterday, said they were initially told the singer's guitarist had suffered "a massive coronary." Later, they were informed that it was Stansfield's keyboardist/music director who had suffered a heart attack.
"They still don't know what caused it," said Barbara Hutson, Stansfield's publicist. "He's 32 years old -- he's a young guy."
As of mid-day yesterday, the likelihood that Stansfield's performance today at the Carter Barron Amphitheater in Washington would go on was "50/50," Hutson said. According to Arista Records, Stansfield's New York performance would definitely be rescheduled. But there was no word on the Baltimore date. "We'll obviously try to make up the dates," said Hutson, who added that it was too early to tell what could be done.
Tickets for the Pier Six show had been selling "pretty well," reported Pier Six's Michelle Montagnese. "We were expecting to do a very full show, that's for sure," she said.
Those holding tickets may return them in person for a full refund at the point of purchase; they may also be exchanged for tickets to the Chaka Khan show Aug. 5. Tickets may also be mailed to the Pavilion Box Office, 731 Eastern Ave., Baltimore 21202.