Liz Phair thanked the Chicago Tribune newspaper Monday after initially hitting out at the publication over the attendance of her concert Saturday, a 30th anniversary show commemorating her 1993 album Exile In Guyville.
The singer-songwriter, 56, initially took to Instagram Monday with a block of text calling the outlet over misreporting the attendance in their review of the show.
The outlet later updated their article to reflect that the show had been sold out, but the availability of tickets remained a sticking point for some fans in the comment thread, with some saying that it was misleading for Phair’s team to declare the show as sold out.
On Monday, Phair, who was raised in the Windy City, thanked the city and newspaper ‘for making the correction to’ their review, adding that ‘the Guyville show was indeed sold out since late summer!’
Prior to that, in a fiery Instagram post, Phair called out the paper for initially reporting that the show hadn’t been sold out.
‘This can be a busy time of year, and I know you wouldn’t want to deliberately tarnish my accomplishment after years of the Chicago Trib’s fulsome and unwavering support of my career,’ the Why Can’t I? artist said. ‘Subscribers will be surprised to learn that my Chicago Theater show has been SOLD OUT for months. Months, dear Trib.
‘We have the end of night settlement receipts to prove it. Is the editorial desk feeling quite well? Do you suppose that it is blood, bile, melancholy, or phlegm that’s out of balance?’
Following Phair’s complaint, the newspaper’s amended report read, in its opening line, that ‘the emotional and sonic splendor of Liz Phair’s concert Saturday at a sold-out Chicago Theatre wasn’t lost on the singer herself.’
The Supernova vocalist’s post calling out the paper did prompt discussion in the comment thread about how the commemorative show was advertised as sold out, leading to confusion among fans.
One fan said they didn’t disagree with Phair’s sentiments, but said that ‘lots of seats were still available on the secondary market,’ and her ‘team was releasing additional tix right up to show time.’
Another said there was a confusion about the availability of the seats for the concert.
‘I wish she didn’t advertise the show as sold out, because you could have bought tickets on Ticketmaster up until she played,’ the user said. ‘I bought tickets months ago but couldn’t make it.’
The user said that they sought to sell their tickets and they ‘couldn’t even sell them at the lowest price the website would allow me,’ and was ‘sure it’s because people thought the show was sold out.’