As you may be aware, Bill and Hillary Clinton have – or, I should say, had – a 13-date tour scheduled during which, in venues of varying sizes, they would sit in front of an audience and chat about their lives, their future, whatever.
Here is the original schedle:
Nov. 18 – Las Vegas – Park Theater
Nov. 27 – Toronto – Scotiabank Arena
Nov. 28 – Montreal – Bell Centre
Dec. 4 – Sugar Land, Texas – Smart Financial Center
April 11, 2019 – New York – Beacon Theatre
April 12, 2019 – Detroit – Fox Theatre
April 13, 2019 – Philadelphia – The Met
April 26, 2019 – Wallingford, Conn. – Toyota Oakdale Theatre
April 27, 2019 – Washington, D.C. – DAR Constitutional Hall
April 30, 2019 – Boston – Opera House
May 2, 2019 – Vancouver, B.C. – Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
May 3, 2019 – Seattle – WaMu Theater
May 4, 2019 – Los Angeles – The Forum
The first four dates – all this year – have passed. And here’s how things went:
-Las Vegas: canceled.
-Toronto: 3,300 seats sold – many of them severely discounted to boom up attendance – in an arena that holds almost 20,000. Even if you assume one-third were unavailable due to being behind the Clintons, it means 3/4 of the seats were unsoldare over.
-Montreal: I can’t find information on ticket sales there (though if they were good, I assume the Clintons and their tour promoters would have told us). It is hard not to conclude efforts were made to bury the attendance data.
The next round of “An Evening with the Clintons” starts on April 11, in New York City. If I were betting, my money would be on most of the scheduled dates to be canceled, just like Las Vegas and Houston – with only the smaller-venues (e.g. the Beacon Theater in New York – seating capacity of 2,894) kept in place.
I would not be surprised, however, if the entire remainder of the tour were quietly canceled long before that next round is scheduled.
Put another way: other than the forever-fawning media, which(to paraphrase from the late Bill Haley’s 1958 hit, “Skinny Minny”) love the Clintons like a boy loves pie, not many people care. Or, even if they do, it isn’t worth much money to see and hear them any more.
Maybe if Hillary announced a 2020 run…..