Miley Cyrus canceled her Tuesday night Bangerz Tour concert at the Sprint Center after a severe allergic reaction to antibiotics put her in the hospital.
The Sprint Center announcement, about 2 1/2 hours before the show was to start, said doctors had placed the performer on medical rest. It said refunds will be available where tickets were purchased, but those bought online or by phone will be refunded automatically.
Despite lightning communication through social media, some fans showed up hoping to see a show. Among them was a group from Neosho, Mo.
Jordan Lasley had seen a Facebook post on the cancellation but didn’t believe it.
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“I was like, no way”
Christy Valdois had made the three-hour drive from Neosho with her 18-year-old daughter Tiffanie, Lasley and another friend.
“If she was sick, they should have canceled the concert a long time ago,” said Tiffanie Valdois, a freshman at Missouri Southern University.
Cyrus has been feeling poorly the last couple of days, according to her Twitter account. “Fever fever go away,” Miley tweeted Tuesday morning.
On Monday, she tweeted that she woke up sick: “why is this cough coming back #sorethroat #feelingnobueno.”
But Sprint Center spokeswoman Shani Tate Ross had said that Miley’s crew had started prep work for the show at 5 a.m. Tuesday.
Miley has apparently been sick at least a week. The previous Monday, days after her dog Floyd died, she pulled the plug on her show in Charlotte, N.C., citing the flu.
The Sprint Center has had to deal with late cancellations and postponements before.
On Oct. 2, 2009, Cyrus postponed her Oct. 3 show because of illness. She performed at the rescheduled show two weeks later.
On Oct 26, 2009, Bruce Springsteen canceled his concert about 90 minutes before scheduled show time after his cousin, a member of his touring crew, was found dead in a downtown Kansas City hotel.
On Feb. 25, 2012, country star George Strait stopped his sold-out show after two songs because he wasn’t feeling well. He said he’d return a week later, and he did.
For Tuesday’s concert, Olathe residents J.J. Auldridge and Jamie Patton had purchased tickets as Christmas presents for their daughters.
“She better be on her death bed,” said Patton’s 15-year-old daughter Julia, who attends Blue Valley Southwest High School. “We were so excited but not anymore. My friend texted me; it was Facebook and Twitter but we didn’t believe it.”
Her mother had a different take: “I get to go shopping.”
Chelsea Arnett, a University of Missouri-Kansas City conservatory student, said the cancellation would not prevent her buying Miley Cyrus sourvenirs.
As an artist, Cyrus has evolved and has long distanced herself from the Hannah Montana character, said Arnett of Jefferson City.
“Miley doesn’t care what anyone thinks and she just does her thing,” Arnett said. “Her lifestyle is basically like our generation. It’s expressive, artistic and very different. I mean when you look at Madonna whenever she was in her prime, a lot of people thought she was crazy but look at her now, she is an icon.”
Update: Monday night, Cyrus tweeted a photo of herself in the hospital: