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10,000 Maniacs Cancel Concert

By Sarah Y. Keightley
News Editor

Because of conflicts and miscommunication, 10,000 Maniacs will not be performing at MIT in April. Instead, They Might Be Giants will be kicking off the annual Spring Weekend on Friday, April 23.

Cliff B. Schmidt '93, chair of the Student Center Committee, said that a concert is "never certain until we have the contract signed." And the SCC did not have a contract, although the 10,000 Maniacs did accept a bid in mid-February to perform on April 22.

According to Wendy C. Vit '93, liaison between an agent and SCC, MTV approached the 10,000 Maniacs and asked the band to perform on the "Unplugged" television program on the same date. Arrangements were then made for the band to perform at MIT at a later date, but that plan fell through as well, Vit said. "The communication got messed up," she said.

Presently, They Might Be Giants has accepted a bid to play for the Spring Concert. Vit said that this concert is "as definite as it was before," but the situation with the 10,000 Maniacs was unusual.

"It's hard because I know everybody was excited before," Vit said. "We're still going to put on the best show possible.".

Schmidt said that he was "a little bummed about the 10,000 Maniacs," but his general impression is that students like TMBG. The reaction of Matthew K. Gray '95 supports Schmidt's claim; "That's excellent," he said.

However, Andre B. Brandao '96 was disappointed when he found out the 10,000 Maniacs are not coming. "It would be much nicer to have them," he said. He said he has not heard much by TMBG, but "they're just different." Brandao added that he is not sure if he will go to the concert now.

Many students did not know about the SCC's struggle to find a band. Michael M. Strong '94 said that he probably will go to the concert no matter which band was playing.

SCC offered TMBG $8,000. This amount does not include lighting and sound equipment. Vit said that an additional expense of about $10,000 will be needed for other costs including security, the stage, publicity, and licenses.

SCC is still trying to find an opening act for the concert.