By our calculations, it’s been about 3 hours and 27 minutes since Lana Del Rey has been in the news, so, right on schedule, here we go again. Page Six is reporting that Ms. Rey—or rather the people who pull her strings—has decided to postpone her upcoming tour because of the radioactive fallout from that nuclear bomb of an SNL performance. (Was it really that bad?)
The report mentions that it was Del Rey’s “tour managers, booking agents and label heads at Interscope” who pulled the plug, and that the singer “was very upset.” Del Rey’s cross-country roadshow was slated for 30 dates in smaller venues that ranged from 1000 to 3000 capacities. According to Page Six, the man behind the decision was Interscope head Jimmy Iovine, who was worried that Del Rey wasn’t mentally or vocally prepared for the grueling, 30-date tour, and that bad press might influence sales of her debut album, Born to Die, which currently sits at number 1 on the U.K. Billboard chart, and has done respectable business in the digital arena. Iovine denied the report through a rep.
Last week, Del Rey sort of silenced her critics when she took The Late Show stage and gave a perfectly fine performance of her hit, “Video Games.” But the fact that people were relieved and/or surprised that a massively hyped singer on a major label gave a good performance of her marquee song is what’s so troubling about this whole non-fiasco in the first place. Oh well. All we can do is wait and see what upcoming Bullett cover stars Juliette Lewis and Daniel Radcliffe have to say on the matter. Then and only then can we form a proper opinion.