The strange saga of the West Virginia Lady Gaga-Adam Lambert concert . . . that wasn't
For suspicious West Virginia fans, there were a couple of tip-offs that there might be something fishy about the Lady Gaga/Adam Lambert concert scheduled for a county park outside Harpers Ferry.
There was the fact that the April 24 show didn't appear anywhere on either of the stars' tour calendars.
There was the fact that the show was organized as a "launch party" for a new line of hair-care products from a Martinsburg, W.Va., salon called Hair By Luke.
There was the fact that -- well, Lady Gaga and Adam Lambert playing a county park outside of Harpers Ferry?
So it was probably no surprise that it all unraveled this weekend. Lambert, the "American Idol" runner-up, put out a denial on Twitter: "Unfortunately totally untrue. Hate that u guys were taken advantage of." Gaga's reps scoffed at the notion to TMZ. And the organizer of the alleged concert, Luke Loy, posted signs on his salon door and outgoing voice mail that ticket sales had been halted -- and then promptly made himself unavailable for comment.
It was a sharp turn from a few days earlier when Loy had been prominently featured in the Martinsburg Journal talking up his too-good-to-be-true plan to bring Gaga and Lambert to the county park in Shenandoah Junction, brandishing contracts that he told a reporter proved it was for real. "I want people to know it's unbelievable, but it can happen. I can bring her here. Anything is possible." He told the paper he hoped to sell 15,000 tickets at $100 a piece; he drew calls from all over the country. (He also took the opportunity to talk up his new coconut-scented, enviro-friendly and color-safe hair products.)
Sooooo ... what happened exactly? By Monday, Loy was unreachable. On one business line, a voice message explained that refunds would be available "as soon as Tuesday" and that "we are following all legal matters at this time." His personal phone line had been disconnected. The editor of the Journal did not return calls or e-mails for comment. The director of the Jefferson County parks department -- who had earlier told a local radio station the concert would be the country's biggest in 20 years -- declined to comment, pending review of the matter.
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March 23, 2010; 1:04 AM ET
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