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Tracy Morgan: latest in a line of axed UAE shows

Dubai: A mysterious curse has plagued the Dubai entertainment scene with events disappearing left and right off the social calendar.

Organiser’s announced on Monday night that comedian Tracy Morgan will no longer be bringing his stand-up show to the capital city on February 6 and 7, citing filming commitments; all tickets will be refunded. Morgan, of SNL and 30 Rock fame, marks the latest in a string of axed acts that seems to have started with Susan Boyle.

The singer was meant to make her Abu Dhabi concert debut on December 13, but less than five days before the Zayed Cricket Stadium show, her performance was cancelled out of the blue due to “logistical production difficulties”. It foreshadowed a trend that has continued into the New Year.

In January, the Backstreet Boys posted a March 28 Dubai World Trade Centre date on their website as part of their official touring schedule. The news seemed too good to be true — the rest of the dates were to take place in Europe and there was no official confirmation from local promoters. Fans were sent into a frenzy nonetheless as media reports began to come in, but the band were quick to take down the date from their website a day after — without making an announcement either way.

Both Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington and singer Ke$ha axed their festival performances in Dubai that were set to take place on February 13. STP cited scheduling conflicts and trouble with the new album as a reason for cancelling all upcoming engagements, including their Emirates Airlines Dubai Jazz Festival spot. Ke$ha, who is in rehab for an eating disorder, said she was following doctor’s orders and couldn’t make it for her RedFestDXB headliner gig.