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My mom’s first rock concert at 91!

My mom, who turns 91 today, doesn't have much of a bucket list. She's mostly content to wake up every morning alive, with mind intact, and a body that still works pretty darn well.

Seeing a rock concert wasn't ever on her list. But she got to see her one and only Saturday night at Michael Jackson's "IMMORTAL World Tour" at the Spokane Arena. I love Cirque du Soleil performances and expected more along the dance/acrobatic/costume line. But the Jackson show skewed rock concert and the sound was so loud (too loud in my opion) that I plugged my ears most of the show.

It pretty much spoiled the experience for me, but my mom loved it. Why? She had never seen anything like it before and she simply took out her hearing aids.

(S-R archive photo)

‘Michael Jackson IMMORTAL’ cancels second Spokane show

The second show (Nov. 13) of "Michael Jackson: The IMMORTAL' at the Spokane Arena has been canceled because of unforeseen travel and logistical problems, according to Cirque du Soleil.

The Nov. 12 show will proceed as scheduled.

The official reason for the cancellation was given as follows: "Cirque du Soleil has cited that the time it takes to move the production into a facility, and the time it takes to move out of a facility, has conflicted with travel time between cities on the tour. These unforeseen issues are due in-part to the overall size of the production."

Or maybe slow ticket sales? That's always a possibility whenever a show is canceled.  Ticketholders for the Nov. 13 show will be contacted by TicketsWest and offered an opportunity to exchange their tickets for the Nov. 12 show. That implies that there were plenty of seats still left.

However, the show does need to get all set up in Eugene for a Nov. 15 show. And I found that a second show in Detroit was canceled a few weeks ago for the same logistical reasons.

By the way, Nov. 13 ticketholders can get a full refund if they prefer.

Michael Jackson “Immortal” seats released

New seats have been released for "Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour," at the Spokane Arena on Nov. 12, 8 p.m. and Nov. 13, 4 p.m.

These are apparently tickets that have been held back up until now. This is a Cirque du Soleil tribute to Jackson and his "creative world."

Tickets are $50, $80, $125, $175 and $250 through TicketsWest outlets. 

Parting Shot: Fire Knife Dance

Ricah Niaruo, of Hawaii, demonstrates part of the Fire Knife Dance for a Spokane Fire Department marshal Wednesday during rehearsal for the CIrque du Soleil show “Alegria” a the Spokane Arena. Dan Pelle, SR

Are you planning to see Alegria at the Arena this weekend?