How to Kill your fans’ hopes

Update – Statement from The Killers (21 Jan)

It is with great regret that The Killers have been forced to cancel their upcoming appearances in Singapore, Beijing, Hong Kong, Manila, Tokyo and Seoul due to unforeseen circumstances involving a serious illness of a close family member. The band deeply apologizes to their fans and hopes to reschedule their shows in these cities soon, we hope you understand and respect our privacy at this difficult time. At this time, the band’s Australian appearances remain scheduled as planned.

Many people, including a fair number from around the region were looking forward to troop down to Singapore Indoor Stadium to watch The Killers perform in Singapore on Sunday. Tickets from S$88 to S$168 were sold out within a day and many were ready to rock with the group from Las Vegas.

Sometime past lunch, SMSs, emails and tweets start popping of the concert being canceled! Within minutes, reports came from news sites and Sistic about the cancellation.

A short release from the band were in the report:

It is with great regret that The Killers have been forced to cancel their upcoming appearances in Singapore, Beijing, Hong Kong, Manila, Tokyo and Seoul due to unforeseen circumstances.

The band deeply apologizes to their fans and hopes to reschedule their shows in these cities soon.

Coming just two days before the concert, reaction from all who were looking forward were disbelief and anger. Mostly anger if you were to look at Twitter. Speculation of them disbanding/taking hiatus were spreading from an interview done where the band were reported to be taking a long break after their Australian gig sometime in Feb.

“I’m not sure if people are aware of it but these are probably our last shows for a while,” guitarist Dave Keuning let slip to an Australian Associated Press journo late last week from his home in Las Vegas.

“We haven’t had a break in quite a while. It’s just been touring and making records and on and on and on. It’s been like six years just kind of connected together.

“It’s like people just expect us to do that non-stop till we die, but we just want a little bit of time off, just to be myself and do what I want to do for a little bit.”

That last show according to that report is the Good Vibrations 2010 tour, which kicks off at Centennial Park in Sydney on February 13 and wraps up at Melbourne’s Flemington Racecourse on the 21st. Guess who is headlining the tour – yes, The Killers!

Last checked, Australia is just a couple of hours from Singapore. Since they are flying all the way down to Australia to headline the Good Vibrations Festival, why not just do the Asia tour as well? They can jolly well take their long deserved break after February.

A pal in the media industry probably explains it best:

Legal record sales prob higher in Oz. Tour covers different states earns more than all misc. venues all over Asia.

Let’s hope this other band don’t pull a fast one like The Killers.

So yes, us – The Killers’ fans – we won’t get to see this:

foursquare Specials in Singapore

Some of you might be wondering what’s the point of Foursquare besides telling your friends where you are, grabbing the Mayorship of a certain place or learning about new places. In the US where this social-networking game started, Mayors of certain locations are rewarded – like free beer or discounts in your purchase. Not for Singapore, until now.

Here are a list of locations that had started giving rewards for local Foursquare players:

  • Brewerkz (at Stadium Walk, Bukit Timah and Merchant Road) – Check-in with tips & any purchase to get free fries/onion rings. Mayor – 1st pint of beer free (once a day) with any purchase. 50th visit $50 voucher
  • The Garden Slug – Free soup-of-the-day (cup size) for the Mayor during each visit (limited to once per day, offer good until TGS’ discretion to end it).
  • kichn – 10% off* for food & drinks if you found us from foursquare (*does not include retail items)
  • Standing Sushi Bar at OUB Centre – 2 free pieces of salmon nigiri or tuna nigiri (mayor’s choice!) for the Mayor during each visit (limited to once per day, offer good until owner’s discretion to end it).
  • Istanbul Gourmet – Free Drink every 2nd checkin! Just show that you’ve checked in on Foursquare!

If you are a business owner and wants to join in the fun do sign up here

Have customised a Yahoo Pipe to show the latest places with specials in Singapore:

day 18 – Supreme shadows

Noon time ain’t the best time for photos as they cast harsh shadows – but that’s just what was presented to me while i waited for my bus back to office.

50,000 in context

According to the Red Cross – an estimated 45,000 to 50,000 Haitians have died in the earthquake that struck on Tuesday.

And all our Singapore Government can fork out was US$50,000.

US$1 per person lost? The math’s just not right.