Universal MotownA Stevie Wonder concert scheduled for August 18 has been cancelled by the University of Hawaii after it was discovered that the event wasn't authorized by Wonder or his people, according to KHON-TV.
The concert was to benefit the university’s athletic department, which is in need of funding. UH Athletic Director Jim Donovan spoke to the press on Tuesday, saying, “The event was booked by an unauthorized third party without the knowledge or consent of Mr. Wonder’s representatives.”
Six thousand tickets had already been sold for the gig. Refunds will be issued.
University officials are trying to recoup the $200,000 that was paid to local promoter Bob Peyton of BPE Entertainment Productions for the concert. Peyton tells KHON-TV that he sent the money to Stevie Wonder’s international booking agent in Spain, pointing out that Hawaii is “often considered an international venue.”
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