Phillip Phillips told St. Thomas STAR officials that he’s canceling the remainder of his spring concert tour including a performance that was scheduled for Saturday on the John P. Monahan Plaza.
STAR Large Events Intern Jimmy Froehling said the concert was canceled due to Phillips’ poor health.
“We actually found out basically just this morning,” Froehling said. “It’s definitely a little sad, but you know you’ve got to go with it, and we hope that he gets better.”
Phillips was set to perform at 7 p.m. Saturday in what would have been the first large concert ever held on the plaza. Instead, Froehling said that because of the short notice, STAR will be canceling the event altogether.
Froehling said St. Thomas won’t be affected financially by the cancellation.
Sophomore Kathleen Connolly said she hopes STAR will use the funds they save from Phillips’ show for next fall’s concert.
“I expect them to do better next year,” Connolly said. “The fall concert is usually pretty good but with those funds they could get someone that could compete with what the U of M puts on for homecoming.”
Junior Brianna Odegaard said although she wasn’t thrilled with STAR choosing Phillips in the first place, the cancellation is still disappointing.
“I’m disappointed that he cannot be here and I wish they would have picked someone better in the first place,” Odegaard said.
Sophomore Andrew Ring said he was not planning to go to the concert in the first place.
“The fact that it’s cancelled doesn’t affect me because I wasn’t going to go, but it suck(s) for the people looking forward to it,” Ring said.
Anne Becken, Alex Goering and Heidi Enninga contributed to this report.