The lights never came on Thursday night for Harry Styles’ first six-show booth in Chicago.
Just hours before the “As It Was” singer was scheduled to perform at the United Center, the venue announced that Styles’ inaugural show has been postponed.
“As a precaution, tonight’s Harry Styles show on Thursday, October 6, 2022 at the United Center has been rescheduled to Monday, October 10, 2022 due to band/crew illness,” the United Center’s official statement said tweeted Thursday afternoon. All previously purchased tickets will be redeemed for the new date. All additional show dates will be played as planned. Ticket holders will receive an email directly from Ticketmaster with further information.”
It’s unclear who in the band or crew fell ill or what the illness was, but the tour is set to resume on Saturday.
Styles has not yet posted anything on his social media accounts to provide clarity on the situation. The Times reached out to Styles’ representatives for comment, but received no immediate response.
Styles’ passionate fan base from Chicago was in full force days before the scheduled show. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, fans have been camping out in front of the United Center since Tuesday, hoping to snag the best possible standing room. Officially, the United Center does not allow camping and suggested fans arrive at 9am on the day of the show.
Following the announcement of the postponement, demoralized fans took to Twitter to express their disbelief and disappointment
“Not me driving 8.5 hours to Chicago tonight to see Harry Styles and then it gets moved to Monday about 2am I quit my job,” tweeted @ashslaymyers.
@mariquitamijita wrote: “We drove all the way to Chicago for Harry Styles tonight and they CANCELLED? WHY DID YOU NOT CANCEL TOMORROW?! [BEFORE] WE RIDE HERE”
@jchaase also expressed his frustration at how late fans were informed of the postponement, tweeting: “Hey @Ticketmaster They’ll be offering refunds for the people who can’t *re* travel to Chicago on Monday and whose tickets for tonight have been canceled @Harry_Styles Show? Nice four hour notice too.”
“IMAGINE FLYING TO CHICAGO TO SEE HARRY STYLES AND THEN THE CONCERT WILL BE POSTPONED 5 HOURS BEFORE THE SHOW HAHAHAHA IM FINE IT FINEEEEEE,” he wrote @truu_chainz.
“It just started raining in Chicago and I literally take it as the city crying because tonight’s Harry Styles concert was canceled.” @jillyybean16 wrote.
The “Watermelon Sugar” singer will be bringing his “Love On Tour” to Los Angeles for 15 shows at the Kia Forum from October 23 to November 15.
The 28-year-old superstar played three sold-out shows at The Forum in November, when Times critic Mikael Wood described him as “kind of a bright heartthrob, known for his gender-neutral fashion” and “proudly progressive attitude” whose music “looks” decided backward.”
Styles kicked off his pandemic-delayed tour in Las Vegas in September 2021 and has since performed sell-out show after sell-out across the United States and Europe, delighting fans with hits like “Sign of the Times,” “Lights Up,” “Adore You”, “Music for a Sushi Restaurant” and “Daylight”. He also triumphantly headlined the two-week Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in April.
https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/music/story/2022-10-07/harry-styles-chicago-show-postponed-illness Harry Styles postponed Chicago show due to band/crew illness