M. Ward, Kelly Clarkson cancel Boston dates

File under: biting off more than they could chew.

Today indie hearthrob M. Ward and our beloved pop tart Kelly Clarkson both cancelled trips to the Hub, frankly acknowledging that they were waaay the fuck out of their league. Refreshing, almost.

Ward, who was gonna do a big shindig with the Pops as his backing band, backed out of his late-June shows at Symphony Hall. In a press release, Keith Lockhart's dudes had this to say: "A decision was made to postpone M. Ward and Friends performance with the Boston Pops in order to have the time needed to create the best possible arrangements for this unique collaboration." Count us among the people who are wondering what kind of Rites of Sping-grade shit Ward came up with that has left the pros with their dicks in a knot.

As for Kelly, the cancellation of her Garden date -- as well as the rest of her summer arena tour -- is yet another signal that her game is severely not focused. Her album isn't even out yet and already she's fired her manager (who in turn was taking swipes at her label, which in turn was reportedly unhappy with her new album). And now comes this fascinatingly upfront press release:

Plans for Kelly Clarkson's summer tour have been shelved for now as the singer and her team re-evaluate her show's size and scope – a decision made even more difficult by the impending release of her album, "My December."

"It is mind blowing when you stop to think about what Kelly Clarkson has achieved during her young career," said Michael Rapino, CEO of  LiveNation. "But ticket sales have not been what we anticipated and we came to the realization that we had bit off more than we could chew. In the end, we are in the Kelly Clarkson business and for that reason we believe that this decision will only benefit her and her fans in the long run."

"Kelly is a spectacular artist and an incredible performer who undoubtedly has what it takes to sustain a long and prosperous career," added Gregg Perloff, CEO of Another Planet Entertainment. "The day when she will play in sold-out arenas is, no doubt, coming, but for now her fans should look forward to seeing her in a more intimate concert environment. Kelly deserves a tremendous amount of praise for her courage in not only being a part of, but in supporting, this difficult decision."

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