This time of the year, the trees of Bloomsburg University change to many different colors, however neon will not be one of them. Earlier this year the Bloomsburg University concert committee announced the Billboard blazing band Neon Trees was to perform on Nov. 4. The Concert Committee in advertising for the upcoming concert spread posters all over campus and posts on Facebook. On Sunday Oct. 14 neon glow sticks lit up the campus on trees and bushes reminding students tickets were to go on sale on Oct. 17. Not one ticket sold. On Tuesday Oct. 16 it was announced that Neon Trees cancelled their entire tour, including the concert at BU due to “personal reasons.”
Based out of Provo, Utah and Murrieta California the band was founded in 2005. Neon Trees travelled and opened for several shows for the alternative rock band The Killer in their 2008 tour. However they did not hit nation wide success until 2010 when their first single “Animal” climbed the Billboard Hot 100 at number 13. “Animal” was such a successful hit, the FOX’s prime time TV show Glee performed their own version of the song. Since then the band had released two studio albums Habits and Picture Show and has signed with Mercury Records. The quartet consists of vocalists Tyler Glenn, guitarists Chris Allen, bassist Branden Campbell and drummer Elaine Bradley.
“It’s sad cause I really wanted to go…it would have been the first concert I’ve been to at Bloom,” said junior Sam Bowman. Bloomsburg may not be the only venue lacking this catchy pop rock band. ” It would be Tuesday because it was California time I got the email from Creative Arts say they were cancelling their fall tour due to a personal family circumstance,” said Jimmy Gilliland, Director of Student Activities at BU.
The Concert Committee will meet tonight, Oct. 17, to discuss the possibility of planning another concert in Neon Trees absence. “The problem is it’s already the middle of Oct. so if they were looking at a concert it would have to be later in November then it gets more difficult to book a concert… they might just decide to look for something bigger for next semester or do two concerts, ” said Gilliland.