Mark Owen struggles to sell £4.50 tickets


As far as comebacks go, Take That couldn't have asked for a more successful reunion, what with chart-topping hits and sell out arena tours. Alas band member Mark Owen can't seem to achieve the same feat in his solo career.

The pint-sized singer has been struggling to sell out intimate venues, according to the Mirror, with tickets for tonight's London gig slashed to just £4.50.

Online ticker retailer Seatwave sent out a mass email to its subscribers on Monday night, reports the newspaper, trying to shift seats London's O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire – which has a capacity of just 2,000.

The original price of £27.50 was slashed to just £4.50 in attempt to draw in punters and fill out the venue.

Band mates
In contrast, Gary Barlow's 16-date tour last year sold out in minutes, and Robbie Williams is performing to full houses on his European tour, supported by Olly Murs.

The poor ticket sales come as Mark's new album, The Art of Doing Nothing, struggles its way into the midweek charts at no.18. Meanwhile, Stars – the lead single from the album – charted this week at no. 114.

Failed comebacks
Yet Mark isn't the first musician to make a lacklustre comeback and he certainly won't be the last.

Fellow man-band Blue staged a comeback with the Eurovision Song Contest in 2011 yet coming 11th failed to win over the great British public and it all ended in Germany. Not to be defeated, the boys announced another comeback this year with a new album, Roulette. Despite a sell-out European tour the band failed to pull in profits and went bust last month.

From the heights of their success in the late eighties and early nineties, Guns N Roses have undergone a string of cancelled gigs, cancelled tours, and an ever-changing lineup. Over the years fans were promised Chinese Democracy, the fabled sixth studio album. Finally, in 2008, after several lawsuits and a $13 million dollar budget, fans got their hands on Chinese Democracy. But after 15 years of waiting, the album failed to live up to expectations.

American rapper Vanilla Ice has released eight studio albums since the days of his 1991 hit Ice Ice Baby. Unfortunately each album, covering a wide variety of genres from rap and hip hop to grunge and nu metal, has failed to usher in a new appreciation of Vanilla Ice, real name Robert Matthew Van Winkle.

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