New York (June 22, 2004)–Britney Spears’ Onyx Hotel Tour, which was scheduled to begin on June 22nd in Hartford, CT and end in Bakersfield, CA on August 15th, has been cancelled. The news came a week after the singer was injured from a fall on the set of a video shoot for her song “Outrageous.”
Showco was the tour’s audio supplier; longtime Spears engineer Monty Lee Wilkes would have been behind FOH desk, much as he had been on earlier legs of the tour. Speaking with Pro Sound News, Wilkes said, “I speak for the entire audio department–both Britney Spears and Showco employees–when I say that we are terribly saddened by Britney’s recent injuries and wish her a safe and speedy recovery. The Britney crew is such a great bunch of folks, including some of my dearest friends. The Britney show is always a tour de force that we are all proud to be a part of, and we will all miss each other’s company on the show that we were so looking forward to bringing to the people.”
As a result of the injury, Spears underwent arthroscopic knee surgery at a New York hospital. The singer is expected to be immobile for 6 weeks, with her knee in a hard brace. This will be followed by a minimum of 8-12 weeks of rehabilitation.