[artist id="1940303"]Rihanna[/artist] has canceled her July 2 concert at the White River Amphitheatre in Auburn, Washington, which was scheduled to be the opening night of her tour, according to the Auburn Reporter. A press release from Live Nation states that the date had to be canceled due to “production changes.”
That means Rihanna’s Last Girl on Earth Tour will now kick off on July 4 in Vancouver. The paper didn’t have information on what the production changes entail. Refunds will be given for the show in Auburn at point of purchase. The July 22 show in Phoenix and the July 24 show in Dallas have also been nixed.
Nicki Minaj was originally scheduled to be one of the opening acts for the tour alongside pop party girl Ke$ha. But Minaj had to back out of the tour in order to work on her album. Travie McCoy is slated to take her spot.
Ke$ha told MTV News that Minaj’s exit was a “bummer,” but the “Tik Tok” singer had big plans for what she wanted to wear on the tour. “I want to wear a lot of laser beams,” she said.
She added that her show will be one big party. “It definitely is going to have, like, a dance-party vibe,” she explained. “I just want it to be really, really fun. Let’s just say I can’t disclose, but I have, like, a really, really awesome thing that’s going to happen … and you can only understand it if you see it in person.”
By press time, a rep for Rihanna had not responded to MTV News’ request for comment about the cancellation.