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October 29–November 5, 1998

hit and run

Belle Tolls For No One

Much more disappointing than Vanilla Ice's no-show at the Pontiac Grille last Wednesday was Belle and Sebastian's sudden cancellation two nights later at the Trocadero.

The much-anticipated concert had to be called off following the illness of cellist Isobel Campbell, already suffering from a stomach flu. Campbell was admitted to an undisclosed area hospital and received antibiotics to which she had an allergic reaction. Whether this allergy was known to Campbell beforehand is unknown but unlikely, as she was fully conscious when she was admitted.

Belle and Sebastian keyboardist Chris Geddes apologetically made the announcement to the capacity crowd that the Scottish seven-piece's first appearance in Philly would have to be postponed. Outside, a line of people waiting to get in was still stretched down the block, even though the opening act, Cinerama, had finished up their set well over an hour earlier. Belle and Sebastian's show in Toronto the following night had to be canceled as well, according to Ben Goldberg, publicist for Matador records. Campbell's condition has improved enough for her to begin touring again, starting with Monday's show in Chicago.

Ticketholders can get a refund at the point of purchase, but may want to hold off until the rescheduled date is announced later this week.

-Patrick Rapa

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