“With the news of cancelled Lilith dates and my current progress in the studio, we've made the decision not to tour this summer,” Clarkson’s statement said. “I'm going to miss seeing y'all, but I hope that when you hear what we’ve been working on, you’ll be as excited as I am. I’ve been working with some amazing people and am stoked about this next album!”
Others dropping out because of the cancellations or for other reasons included Rihanna, Queen Latifah, Loretta Lynn, Martina McBride, Norah Jones, and the Go-Gos, who had to cancel their entire tour after bassist Jane Wiedlin suffered a hiking injury that required major knee surgery. The latest to exit this snakebitten tour was Carly Simon, who recently fractured her foot.
Sheryl Crow, Erykah Badu, Heart and Mary J. Blige are among the heavy hitters who have played or are still scheduled to appear. But on this date, McLachlan and Harris, on the Fair’s first roster in 1997, were supported by Team Lilith’s all-rookie lineup of eight acts. All but Melissa McClelland, who has been a backup singer in McLachlan’s touring band, had yet to perform on a Lilith stage.
Harris was asked what advice she had for the newcomers that included Ingrid Michaelson (second from left with McLachlan during the Colorado finale), Metric and Anjulie on the main stage. “I don’t know if I have any advice, although I wished I had always dressed in black, so I wouldn’t have to worry about my wardrobe. It makes it easier,” she said, before telling them what they should already know. “Just go out there and rock everybody’s world.”
Dressed to impress, Lilith did just that. But, just like with any relationship that attempts to reignite after years apart, there’s nothing quite like the fireworks produced by that very first flame.