Chris Brown cancels Australia, N. Zealand tour
SYDNEY: American R&B singer Chris Brown has cancelled a planned tour to Australia and New Zealand, his promoter said Wednesday, after officials indicated he would be denied a visa over his conviction for assaulting pop star Rihanna.
Australia suggested in September it would block Brown’s entry due to his criminal record, disrupting plans to bring his “One Hell of a Nite” tour Down Under. Brown’s 2009 conviction for assaulting his then-partner pop star Rihanna also meant he could be refused entry to New Zealand, where he was to perform in Auckland.
“Chris Brown’s December 2015 tour in both Australia and New Zealand will not take place,” Ticketek Australia said in a statement from Brown’s promoter on its Facebook page.
It gave no reason why shows in Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane were cancelled. But it said: “Mr Brown and the promoters both remain positive that the tour will take place in the near future.
“Mr Brown wishes to express his deepest gratitude to the fans for their support and looks forward to a successful tour in the near future,” it added.