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Robbie Williams calls off Asian tour dates, including Hong Kong gig

British singer cites reasons beyond his control for cancellations; September concert in Hong Kong among those affected

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 15 July, 2015, 11:41am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 15 July, 2015, 7:15pm

Williams pulls Asian dates: British pop star Robbie Williams has called off a stretch of upcoming shows in Asia, including the Hong Kong performance planned for September 23, for "reasons out of the artist's control", according to a press release.

Davis signs historic contract in city

The richest contract in professional basketball history was made official in Hong Kong last Thursday as the NBA's Anthony Davis signed a US$145, million five-year deal with the New Orleans Pelicans. Davis, 22, was in town for three days as part of a Nike Asia tour that included a basketball workshop with local secondary students at the Choi Hung Estate. The contract had actually been negotiated on July 1, but NBA rules dictate that no signing could occur until July 9 (US time). Both sides were eager to get the deal done as soon as possible (2.1-metre-tall Davis is considered by many to be one of the three best players in the game). The signing took place in one of The Ritz-Carlton's sky-high suites at exactly 12.01pm (HK time) — the first minute of July 9 in the US.

Promoter puts a fresh spin on paint party

An EDM paint-rave party that was scheduled to take place at AsiaWorld-Arena on July 25 has been "postponed" until next summer following last month's dust explosion accident at a similar event in Taipei that claimed four lives and injured hundreds. We put quotation marks around the word postponed because the party is still happening, just with a name change and minus the paint. In a press release, promoter Sigma Productions claims it axed the Life in Colour party out of respect to the victims in Taiwan. Instead it announced the Hope Charity Party to take place on the same day at the same venue with the same performers. This is marketing spin at its finest, but to its credit, Sigma says it will donate all profits to Hong Kong victims of the tragedy. But is there a charity out there specifically dedicated to local victims in Taipei? If not, just how does the promoter know which of the 495 injured are Hongkongers? Calls and emails to Sigma went unanswered.

Robbie Williams calls off Asian tour dates, including Hong Kong gig