Here’s the story: Her show had been on the calendar at Fulton 55 since November, eagerly promoted by a local lady with a new production company called Poetic Justice. But then, the Internet threw everybody a curve ball. Blackwood joined up with fellow Canuck band Walk Off the Earth for a video that EXPLODED online after being posted Jan. 5. It was making the rounds as “five people, one guitar” and has amassed 25 million YouTube views so far. Damn.
And there went the Fresno date. Blackwood canceled her whole West Coast tour to go do the things people with viral videos do — ya know, make the TV rounds and plot how to extend their 15 minutes of fame.
Here’s a statement from Blackwood:
Due to recent circumstances I sadly had to cancel my west coast tour. The newest video I did with Walk Off The Earth has had to cancel my west coast tour. The newest video I did with Walk Off The Earth has gone globally viral and it has been an insane 3 days! I want you all to know that I feel terrible for this. I have the best fans in the world and I hope you all understand. Thank you all and I hope you understand that I need to be at home right now so we can take the next steps which we don’t even know what they are cause we’re all in SHOCK!!!!!! xoxo much love. Stay true! This is going to be crazy!
But the show will go on: Opening acts Marie Wilson (a British-born vocalist) and Danielle Rondero (a local singer from The Burners and King Sugar) take over the concert, which is now free and starts at 8 p.m.
Tonight, concertgoers will be asked to sign a show poster that will be sent to Blackwood so she can see how much people in Fresno missed her. Promoters say Blackwood will re-schedule her date, which will be nice if it happens — ya know, if something else doesn’t come up.