Rain cancels Four Tops, Temptations show at Tulalip Amphitheatre

  • By Andy Rathbun Herald Writer
  • Sunday, August 24, 2008 11:14pm
  • LifeGo-See-Do

TULALIP — The Tulalip Amphitheatre canceled Sunday night’s performance by the Four Tops and the Temptations on account of rain, sending fans and organizers home disappointed.

The sold-out show was expected to draw about 2,300 people to the outdoor venue. Instead, ticket holders were told they could get refunds where they purchased tickets.

The amphitheater, which ends its season Sept. 11, will not be able to reschedule the concert because of the bands’ other touring obligations, said Brett Magnan, Tulalip Resort Casino’s executive vice president.

Standing at the venue’s gate on Sunday night, Magnan said the cancellation could cost the amphitheater about $100,000 in lost ticket revenue, stage rental fees and other expenses.

“It’s a little bit of a blow,” he said.

Until now, the amphitheater’s season has been a success. Its final concert, featuring Huey Lewis and the News, has already sold out, while both Trisha Yearwood and George Thorogood drew thousands to the venue.

Of course on Sunday night, that was little consolation to fans.

“It’s unfortunate,” Mike Brown, a Marysville resident, said. “I’ve been trying to see groups like this for 40 years, and it rains. We bought our tickets in July.”

While Brown had a quick ride home, Eva and Leo Sandoval of Rawlins, Wyo., traveled about 1,000 miles for the show. Leo Sandoval, 58, even took his first plane ride. After arriving at the venue in new rain gear and being told to turn around, the couple tried to grin through the disappointment.

“I’ll cry when I get into the car,” Eva Sandoval, 53, said.

Reporter Andy Rathbun: 425-339-3455 or arathbun@heraldnet.com.

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