So, Prince Was a No-Show After All. Not Like Anyone Told the Opening Acts Or Anything.

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Earlier today, that Prince concert was called off, with the Goss-Michael Foundation blaming the organizer. Then, an hour later, it was back on.

But speaking of T.J., a former classmate just called from the Hotel InterContinental with the breaking news that Prince didn't show after all. No explanation given. No word about refunds. No nothing.

"We went in there, got to the escalator, and people said, 'Prince canceled,'" says my old pal, who turned tail and headed to the Playboy party at the downtown Aloft.

Pete's at the InterContinental, awaiting a one-on-one with the event organizer. He should have more on DC9 at some point. (Update at 9:17 p.m.: Pete never found an organizer with whom to speak. Instead, he got some kind of an explanation from the night's emcee -- none other than Chris Arnold. His on-the-floor account is, however, forthcoming.)

[Update at 11:21 p.m.: Here's Pete's update, in which he speaks to Chris Arnold and Paul Levatino, who works with Badu, about the failed evening. And, Pete was told: Prince had indeed been at the hotel earlier today.]

Rachel Deering, herself a musician and wife of Milo, is furious. Her daughter Scarlett, who goes to Berklee College of Music, flew home "at our expense" to open, Rachel says, and it wasn't easy. "The kids went down there, and no one in charge of anything came over and said anything," she tells Unfair Park. "The kids just heard it had been canceled."

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Pete's Twitter account
The empty ballroom, per our music editor
Scarlett, a Booker T. grad seen here performing with her dad, was a winner of a Goss-Michael Foundation scholarship; three girls, all recipients of said scholarship, were asked to open the show, before Erykah Badu was scheduled to appear. All three were invited to perform a solo piece -- and all flew in on their own dime.

"We got there, and it was completely unorganized," says Scarlett, a violinist. "We tried to find the people we'd been communicating with over the e-mail," including someone from the Goss-Michael Foundation, for whom theEvent had been a fund-raiser.

"We were trying to find them when we were supposed to be doing our sound check," she tells Unfair Park. "We were then just stuck in a room. They told us to wait till one of the girls showed up to talk to us. We just waited there for probably an hour, then one of the other girls' dads went to ask what was going on, and he was told the show was canceled. It seems all the people who were in charge just left without telling anyone what was going on, so none of the volunteers knew what was going on."

The girls were then told Prince is still in Los Angeles (though, according to our music editor, his band's at the hotel -- or, at least, in town). (Update at 9:20 p.m.: Per the comments, and Pete, Prince is, in fact, in town.) At which point, the girls left. "I'm more angry than upset," says Scarlett, who at least finds the whole botched affair ... funny, in an infuriating sort of way.

I tried all day to reach Joyce Goss, exec director of the foundation. She never returned my calls. I told her assistant why I wanted to talk. Ellen Fryer at The Buzzell Company, which was handling PR for the event, likewise never responded to any of my e-mails today -- and I sent many after her two e-blasts this afternoon.

See, this is why I don't leave the house anymore. Too disappointing out there.

Update at 1 p.m. Saturday:
The Goss-Michael Foundtation just sent a statement regarding last night's disaster. It reads, in full:
Statement from Joyce Goss, Executive Director, The Goss-Michael Foundation:
 

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Chris Arnold
"Last night, we faced a disappointment that is immeasurable for us, our scholarship recipients and our supporters. Both Kenny Goss and I are extremely disappointed that theEvent featuring Prince was cancelled. It continues to be our understanding that River Alexander Group, the event organizer, was unable to fund and produce the evening. Up to the very last minute they assured us the 'show would go on.'

We are deeply saddened that our Foundation scholarship winners would have had the opportunity of a lifetime to be on the same stage as Prince and Erykah Badu. I have personally reached out to each one of them and assured them that their expenses related to this situation will be fully reimbursed."

(Editor's note: There will be no interviews. This is the only statement that will be made about the situation.)
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WarEagle
WarEagle

Chris Arnold is a joke! He's gotten further on less talent than anyone in Dallas history.

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

I smell a lawsuit, this thing stinks of the "Dallas" reunion all over again..Again, another reason why this city cant have anything nice, as it craps all over anything like the filthy, untrained mutt of a dog it is..This city is full of hustlers, thieves and scumbags who dont give two shits about anyone. Im more bothered by these young people who came here thinking they were going to perform w/ Prince and Badu. I half expect this behavior out of the purple one, not Erykah Badu.

Ktownpeoples
Ktownpeoples

This is nothing new for Prince. He does it all the time...he .could care less about all the people who jump through hoops to make a show happen for him. A few years ago he was going to have a show here in Dallas. I am related to someone who recieved a call that Prince was going to do a private show in Dallas in 24hrs. ALOT of work without any sleep was put into setting this up with so little notice. It was announced on the radio..people came.....and guess what.....NO PRINCE....no explanation, no pay for the people who had worked their asses off to make it happen..he is a little bity teeny tiny arrogant jerk... He is his own biggest fan and Diva extraordinaire!!! I would not pay a dime for anything he does.

Derelict
Derelict

Chris Arnold is typical Dallas Douche-tard.

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

..and ya never know. He's the epitome of what the typical Dallas d-bag is. Isnt he like 60 now BTW?

Engmofo
Engmofo

I'm not exactly sure that dude can show any form of expression.Cow Poison in your head some?Thanx for demonstrating how totally asinine Dallas can be.This from a man that does BLONDE for a living......

MLouCamp
MLouCamp

What a total joke!! Of course, who'd pay $1500 to see Prince anyway LOL

cp
cp

Yeah this was a complete clusterfuck if there ever was one.

BUT I will say that, for a guy like Prince, who has bucked the Record Industry Execs and Standards, he sure is a shitbag to be such a diva about any of this.

Does he have his own charity?

justified
justified

I pulled up to the Intercontinental a coule years ago for a wedding reception. I took one look, said "WTF," and speed off.

Jon Daniel
Jon Daniel

I had wedding reception 1.0 there in 1989. It hasn't been updated since, though I do have fond memories of my friend at the time getting hammered and asking me "WTF are you doing dude, she's nuts". In vino veritas

Wylie H.
Wylie H.

Were you supposed to be the entertainment?

Tim
Tim

So it was kind of like the famed 1987 Run DMC concert in Denton. The limo paused and then just kept going.

MushMouth1
MushMouth1

The bottom line to me is this - the Goss-Michael Foundation put their name on it. They should be the final word on the event and should take full responsibility. They chose the organizer.

I find it interesting that they are not listed with Charity Navigator. It would be informative to see how much goes to overhead and fund raising.

Anon
Anon

That would be because they are a Not for Profit organisation and not a charity. I know that the difference between a charity and a Not for Proft can appear subtle but there IS a difference. Why does it matter how much goes into fundraising and overheards no one is asking you or any other taxpayer to fund it. I really feel sorry for the scholarship winners and the GMF, they all lost out due to what appears to be the organisers incompentence. Just saying..

cp
cp

Like I said, they are not listed in Guidestar either. ALL non profits are required to file 990s. It appears that they don't exist.

Anon
Anon

Sorry don't mean to be rude or anything- I just like a challenge- but found this on guide star. if you want to see their financial details you can register :)

http://www2.guidestar.org/orga...

Anon
Anon

Well according to the GMF website The Goss-Michael Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit forum for British Contemporary art. Besides, if there was anything dodgy about the GMF the Uk press would all over it. And just because the organisers messed up dosen't mean that the GMF is a dishonest establishment all of a sudden :)

cp
cp

Not in Guidestar either. If they are a charitable foundation they are required to file 990's and that's public information. So.... what kind of a foundation is it?

heifer
heifer

that's what you get when you pay money to a couple of alcoholic drug addicts like Kenny Goss and George Michael.

SumnerRynd
SumnerRynd

I've said if before and I'll say it again: the shit that animates you people is fucking hysterical. While you all fret over concerts, perceptions of those who don't live here, "green" bullshit, political oneupsmanship, caricaturing those with whom you disagree, and whatnot... your very way of life--whether you realize it or not (I'm banking on the latter)--hangs in the balance. But go ahead, act smarmy. Feel (and that really is the key term with you guys, "feel") superior. After all, what's their name's new release is only days away, and who wants to ruin that feeling? (There's that "feeling" thing, again.)

Ed D.
Ed D.

Comments on an article about a failed concert tied into Super Bowl festivities are about the failed concert and related activities? Shocking. Yes, every single thread should be about the turmoil in Cairo, spiraling U.S, unemployment, the rising price of wheat, and the threat of China to the world's markets. Or... ya know, not.

Tad Banyon
Tad Banyon

Our very way of life hangs in the balance? Yikes!

Is this one of those Obama-Is-A-Muslim-Socialist-AntiChrist things?

Are you the Black-People-Are-On-Their-Way-To-Rape-Your-White-Mother-And-Sister guy?

Just what are we talkin about here?

If you're on meds (recommended), please don't take your next dose until after you explain.

Our very way of life may hang in the balance here.

Rico
Rico

Ah, the race card. When you have nothing else, it's always there.

Well done, Banyon, well done indeed.

Coleman
Coleman

No really, we had a Black People Will Rape & Murder Your Grandmother troll a few weeks ago, and this SumnerRynd titty is making about the same amount of sense. It's not a race card thing.

Oak Cliff Townie
Oak Cliff Townie

So any idea about the attendance at the other unofficial events ??

Kevin John Gilhooly
Kevin John Gilhooly

There better be a single-car accident involving a little red Corvette somewhere on the Tollway.

J Michael Daniel Jr
J Michael Daniel Jr

Did Chris Arnold have a list of guests, you know how he loves lists.

J Michael Daniel Jr
J Michael Daniel Jr

Did Chris Arnold have a list of guests on him, you know he loves lists.

Bigjondaniel
Bigjondaniel

I wondered about that from the start. That hotel is beat.

Wylie H.
Wylie H.

I look forward to the explanation from the Goss - Michaels Foundation (and restitution to those who wasted their own time and money at their direction).

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

To summarize:

This was billed as an "all-inclusive soiree boast[ing] music, art, food, spirits and more" benefiting high school kids who hope to pursue a career in the arts. And here, not only do two of three performers pay their own way to raise money for the scholarship that gave them a hand, but the charity now draws a big zip.

Then, a story makes the rounds that the event isn't selling well -- they've made a fraction of what it'll take just to pay Prince. And but a few minutes after I'm told that, word comes earlier this week it's moving to the Hotel InterContinental -- a far cry from the glitzy glamor of a rent-a-tent on the old Reunion Arena space, as originally planned. Makes sense, what with cold and costs.

But then the no-show today -- a statement from Joyce Goss herself, blaming it on the event organizer and then saying "no further comment." But, but ... then it's back on. At half-off, no less -- though that was offered even after the cancellation-notice recall.

Then this -- a scene described by Pete and other Friends of Unfair Park as shoddy, "shabby" (as evidenced by Pete's photo -- looks like they got a bar mitzvah party to set up for tomorrow night) and ill-conceived. No one around to explain what was up; no one to offer refunds; no one to say "sorry." Just Chris Arnold. Per Pete -- and he'll get into this, I think, when he's up in a moment -- people needed to get paid. And they weren't.

I could not get the publicist or Joyce Goss on the phone today; no one would explain what had gone wrong or how it had been made right. And now, this long after theEvent that wasn't, still no call back, still no press release apologizing or explaining or offering immediate refunds.

And people are out real money.

No doubt Pete'll have more in a second. I hear he knows where Erykah was.

G_David
G_David

Maybe Chris Arnold should have read selected chapters from The Book of Lists. 'Cause people love lists....

Montemalone
Montemalone

How many people are prepared to pay $1500 a pop in the first place? They wonder why ticket sales were low? Has anybody told these folks there's a depression on?

asuckerisborneveryday
asuckerisborneveryday

PT Barnum once said - a sucker is born every minute...................if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.....when will folks learn to verify, then verify again. I hate for those that flew in at their own expense............but you got to think - why would Prince do this concert at those prices and even in good weather who would pay those prices...........

J
J

Prince is insane. Go search "Kevin Smith Prince Story" and watch all the parts. He has more than a few screws loose.

Yakuza_Fighter
Yakuza_Fighter

Yes, the Kevin Smith [Director of Clerks, Chasing Amy, etc.] story about shooting a video(?) with Prince is hilarious. Prince really is nuts.

P1Steven
P1Steven

Agreed Prince has gone MJ crazy without the love for small children.

Scottie
Scottie

Robert,

My sister-in-law is one of the girls who was supposed to perform tonight for the Goss-Michael Foundation. She's been in town from college on winter break and has been staying at my house, so I drove her down to the Intercontinental at about 6pm for the sound check. She hears and tells that Prince WAS in town and was even at the hotel around noon. He took a look at the shitbag that is the Intercontinental Addison, said "Hell no" and peaced-out. I guess he didn't want to have the after-party at the Magic Time Machine...

I also hear that refunds are a no-go.

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

Sorry to hear that, Scottie.

A lot of folks have a lot of explaining to do.

Scottie
Scottie

Hell, she was in town anyway. We didn't buy tickets or anything.

I just think it's funny that Prince showed up, pointed and laughed at the Intercontinental and split.

Feel bad for the other girls, though. That one in your story flew in from Boston just today. The other flew in from LA.

Jtmbls
Jtmbls

The best word to describe the Hotel Intercontinental? Tacky.

Lolotehe
Lolotehe

@ Howard: Grand Kempinski it's not.

Howard
Howard

So, can somebody explain what's the deal with the Intercontinental Addison? What's wrong with it? (Never stayed, never seen it, haven't known anyone who has, haven't heard anything about it. Asking for future reference and to learn.)

John_McKee
John_McKee

Hopefully this and all the other scams like fake merchandise, home rentals and fake tickets will be included in the follow up report on how much we got screwed by the game after all the BS reports about how this was going to bring hundreds of millions to the city.

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