Date: July 13, 2005
One of the Hyde Park shows, featuring the classic London rock band Queen with singer Paul Rodgers replacing the deceased Freddy Mercury, was rescheduled for July 15, a week after the original date. The band offered free tickets to thousands of aid workers who participated in rescue efforts after the bombing. Tickets for the original show can be traded in for tickets to the new show, and new tickets and free passes for aid workers can be collected at various points around the city.
The Queen show will take place 29 years after the group's largest show ever, which attracted 150,000 concertgoers to Hyde Park. The 2005 version will have a capacity of 85,000.
Most of the rest of the cancelled shows – including others in Hyde Park and a smaller concert featuring the Canadian band Sum 41 at the Astoria – were free. A Nate James show at Shepherd's Bush, and one for The Prodigy at Brixton Academy were rescheduled for August, and city officials said that tickets to cancelled for-pay shows can be traded in for passes to future Hyde Park shows or refunded for cash.
Additionally, Thursday theatre shows at London's West End – including Billy Elliot, The Postman Always Rings Twice, We Will Rock You, Blood Brothers, and The Lion King – were also cancelled. Tickets to those shows can also be refunded or traded for passes to future shows.
The London Times estimated that the direct economic impact of the bombings – in terms of lost revenue from tourism and other economic activity as well as in terms of damage to the city's image – would eventually top $1.77 billion (U.S.). Other sources said the damage would be worse, even before taking into the account the loss of lives.
The most obvious cancellations after the four bombings were celebrations to mark the selection of London as the host of the 2012 Olympic Games just a day before the attack. A Heathrow Airport homecoming for the officials returning from Singapore, where the selection was announced, was cancelled, and a July 8 press briefing near the London Eye where Olympic officials had been scheduled to unveil some of their logistical plans for the Games was postponed.
“Obviously, this tragedy puts some things in perspective,” said Craig Westwood, an official with the British Olympic Committee. “This is a time for mourning, [there will be] time to discuss the Olympics at a later date.”
Interviewed for this story: Craig Westwood, +44-207-544-1212; the City of London Information Services Office, +44-208-642-4000