Contrary to my column in the Sun-Times today -- posted on this blog earlier -- Ida Maria will not perform at Metro Saturday night, according to promoters Jam Productions.
The Norwegian punk-rocker was headlining the Perez Hilton Tour, a rather pathetic hypefest pegged to the oddly-coiffed, gutter-minded Internet gossip's alleged ability to pick "hot new pop acts," and according to Idolator, which usually has very good insight into these sorts of things, Ida Maria was disgusted by poor attendance at the Boston show, had a mini-meltdown onstage and then pulled out of the tour. (Read all about it -- and see the video -- here.)
If the singer and songwriter proved anything onstage at Lollapalooza here last month, it's that she is not a woman to be trifled with, so I wouldn't expect she'd take much crap from Perez or anyone else. The truly dreadful Natalie Portman's Shaved Head has been tapped to replace Ida Maria on the Hilton bill, and it will appear with Ladyhawke, Semi Precious Weapons and Sliimy tomorrow night [Saturday] at 7:30 p.m.