Yesterday, Digable Planets announced that they were canceling an upcoming tour scheduled to begin this week. The reason? According to a MySpace bulletin, it’s because Ladybug decided to leave the group. No word yet on how this will affect Common Market, who were scheduled to open Digable Planets’ dates.
The full text of the bulletin is below. Warning…it’s written in all caps.
…UNFORTUNATELY THIS IS TRUE!!! THE 3 INSECTS FROM OUTER SPACE HAVE BEEN INFECTED LIKE EVERY OTHER GREAT GROUP IN HIP HOP HISTORY BY IRRECONCILABLE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE PRINCIPLE MEMBERS…I KNOW THERE ARE THOUSANDS OF FANS UP AND DOWN THE EAST COAST THAT WILL BE DEVASTATED BY THIS NEWS…MANY CITIES WERE CLOSE TO BEING SOLD OUT…MARY ANN VIEIRA FORMERLY KNOWN AS LADYBUG HAS DECIDED AT THE LAST MINUTE THAT SHE WANTS TO WALK AWAY FROM THE GROUP AND NOT HONOR THIS TOUR…THE OTHER TWO MEMBERS HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO CANCEL THIS TOUR AND REGROUP…PLEASE CONTACT YOUR LOCAL PROMOTER OR TICKETMASTER FOR TICKET REFUNDS…WE THANK ALL OF YOU GUYS FOR YOUR LONGTIME SUPPORT AND LOVE OF THE DIGABLE PLANET SOUND…THE GROUP MEMBERS WILL GO THEIR SEPERATE WAYS BUT GROUP CREATOR AND PRODUCER BUTTERFLY ALONG WITH DOODLEBUG WILL CONTINUE TO COLLABORATE ON MUSIC AND IN THE NEAR FUTURE WILL ANNOUNCE THE INTRODUCTION OF A NEW MUSIC COLLECTIVE THAT THEY ARE PUTTING TOGETHER…THIS DOES NOT TAKE AWAY FROM THE LEGACY CREATED BY THE DIGABLE PLANETS IN 1993 WITH THE GROUND BREAKING SINGLE “REBIRTH OF SLICK(COOL LIKE DAT)” BUT IT DOES BRING US TO THE END OF AN ERA…REGRETFULLY YOURS THE DIGABLE PLANETS…
(March 24 update): Here’s what Common Market posted in a MySpace bulletin yesterday:
Due to unreconcilable differences among the members of Digable Planets, their tour has been canceled. We are very sorry to no be able to be on this tour.
We’re big fans of DP, and were really looking forward to the tour. We’re making other plans to get back out on the road and we’ll hopefully be announcing new tour dates soon.
Thank you all for your support, help and excitement. We truly appreciate you and believe everything happens for a reason.