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Tours Affected By NZ Earthquake

Written by Barnaby Smith on February 24, 2011

With the devastating fall-out of this week’s earthquake across the ditch still being felt in New Zealand and around the world, it is emerging that various touring rock stars have had their schedule disrupted by the tremor.

The quake, coming in at 6.3 on the richter scale, left Josh Homme and his Queens of the Stone Age stranded at Auckland airport, unable to get to their show in Wellington. That gig was put back a day but the Christchurch show has, naturally, been cancelled. The rest of their tour is expected to go ahead as planned.

Meanwhile, former Dresden Doll Amanda Palmer cancelled her Christchurch show and narrowly missed being in the middle of the chaos when the earthquake struck. She says on her blog, “If we’d taken off an hour earlier we would have flown into this mess, and who knows what would have happened. I don’t know who’s been organizing my touring on a cosmic level, but they’re doing a seriously a-plus fucking job. We’ve managed to avoid the volcanic ashcloud, the floods in Brisbane and now a massive earthquake.”

As previously reported, The Melvins and High On Fire, touring the Land of the Long White Cloud together, were also forced to cancel shows.

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