Archuleta's E Center show called off

Published June 3, 2008 10:28 pm

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Posted: 10:21 PM- Jeff Archuleta, the father of "American Idol" sensation David Archuleta, thought it was a good idea: Host an event at the E Center where his son could thank his fans for their support and sing a couple of songs.

Archuleta and a friend organized what they called "Back Home With David Archuleta," an event scheduled for Friday at the West Valley City venue. They even called the news media to make the announcement.

This afternoon, the show was cancelled before tickets even went on sale.

"They're just going to reschedule the event for a later time," Jeff Archuleta told The Salt Lake Tribune this afternoon. "When all the minds met, everyone concluded this wouldn't work out for this particular weekend, and they just want to reschedule it for toward the middle or the end of the ["American Idol" summer] tour," he said.

Calls to the Los Angeles office of the London-based 19 Entertainment as well as Bonneville Radio Corp, which is renting the E Center for the event, were not returned by late today.

Last week, Archuleta began organizing the event, which he described as more of a "fireside chat with David" than an actual concert to meet fans. "This is the only chance he's going to get to just thank people, and it seemed appropriate to do so," his father. said.

The 17-year-old Murray teen is in Utah for several days before he heads back to Los Angeles to rehearse for the "American Idol's" Live 2008 Tour. The concert stops at the E Center on July 14 and 15; tickets are sold out for the first date.

Organizers of the event planned to sell tickets through broker Ticketmaster for $1 apiece (tickets were supposed to go on sale Wednesday, of which one quarter would pay for service charges. The other three-quarters would have been donated to the Multiple Sclerosis Society and Make-a-Wish Foundation, Archuleta said.

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