SPRINGFIELD, Mo. --Poor health has forced Aretha Franklin to cancel all her scheduled concerts for the rest of the year. That includes the Grand Opening concert at the O'Reilly Family Event Center at Drury University on Saturday night. Drury has arranged for The Pointer Sisters to replace Franklin for the concert at 8 p.m.
Edited news release from Drury:
Since 1973, The Pointer Sisters have held a spot in pop music culture as a vibrant female group. “That’s a Plenty” hit the country and pop charts in the early '70s. In 1984, the album “Break Out” featured the song “Neutron Dance,” which was on the soundtrack to the hit movie Beverly Hills Cop. The Pointer Sisters have won multiple Grammy Awards and American Music Awards.
“I brought the Pointer Sisters to Springfield in the 1980s and they sold out Hammons Student Center,” said local concert promoter Howard Cotner. “The Pointer Sisters put on a dynamic, high energy show that will bring people out of their seats.”
Tickets for the Pointer Sisters are between $45 and $125.
People who have purchased tickets for Aretha Franklin may use them for the Pointer Sisters’ concert, or they can get a refund at the O’Reilly Family Event Center box office until 5 p.m. on Friday. To purchase tickets or get a refund, call the box office at (417) 873-6389 or contact box office manager Terrie Coulter at (417) 693-0172 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. O’Reilly Family Event Center Director Myra Miller can be contacted at (417) 849-0155 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
A makeup concert date for Aretha Franklin has not been determined.