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The KajaGooGoo 2004 US Tour

January 28, 2011

Back in 2004, KajaGooGoo were lined up to play a tour of the US, this tour never happened due to issues with work permits.

The mystery complete ticket we also featured today would have been one of the events from this tour:
https://kajafax.co.uk/2011/01/28/kajagoogoo-farmingdale-new-york-2004/

From information I have found, it looks like a three piece band (Beggs, Askew and Neale) were to tour the US including performing at the Nike ‘Run Hit Wonders’ events.

The ‘Run Hit Wonder’ events were a series of 5k and 10k road races sponsored by Nike and this would feature ‘one hit wonder’ (grrr!) bands playing along the route.  One of these bands would have been KajaGooGoo.

The dates for this US tour were:

22nd July, New York – Central Park (Nike Run Hit Wonder)
22nd July, Farmingdale, NY – The Downtown (The mystery ticket!)
23rd July, Rancho Cucamonga, CA – Twins
24th July, Las Vegas, NV – The Boston Theatre
25th July, Santa Ana, CA – Galaxy Theatre
29th July, Malibu, CA – Malibu Inn
31st July, Seattle, WA – Fenix Underground
1st August, Portlan, OR – Downtown (Nike Run Hit Wonder)
23rd September, Chicago, IL – TBA (Nike Run Hit Wonder)

Nike designed a training shoe for each of the bands playing at this event.  The shoe for KajaGooGoo was black and silver with KajaGooGoo embroidered on the side though I have yet to find a picture of this shoe.

If anyone knows how many of this shoe were produced and any further information on it, please do let me know.

It’s a real pity that this tour didn’t go ahead, this would have been fantastic for the US fans who have been waiting for this!

The announcement:

17th July 2004
U.S Tour Cancelled

STATEMENT FROM THE BAND

It is with great regret that we have to inform you that the upcoming tour of the USA has been canceled. We have been unable to secure the appropriate visas and work documents necessary. After months of preparation, the opportunity to tour America has once again been snatched from us. We have had top Nike lawyers and US senators working flat out in an attempt to bring this all together, but due to the current political climate, the immigration department were unable to grant the paperwork in time.

We have no plans to visit America until a new application can be made and successfully processed.

We are deeply sorry to all our friends and fans who have bought tickets, but hope the future will prove more successful for Kajagoogoo in America. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved at The Boss Booking Agency, Nike and Vh1, for the time and effort put in, trying to make this happen.

Nick Beggs, Steve Askew & Stuart Neale

Thanks to Lee Halbert and Dave Kilburn for their assistance in this case!

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Richard permalink
    January 28, 2011 11:08 am

    Hej folks! I have been a serious Kajagoogoo fan since early 1983, I have the most stuff done by Kaja, I have one of those tickets, I also bought a T-Shirt on ebay in early 2004 for that tour. I will se if I can find it and send a picture of it. I was lucky to meet the guys in Hamburg 2008 after a concert. Kind regards Richard

    • January 28, 2011 11:50 am

      Hiya Richard, nice to hear from you! That would be fantastic if you can get a photo of that t-shirt, what a fantastic item!! Any other interest items you have, if you want to photo them and send them in, go for it!!
      Many thanks, Steve.

  2. Lee Halbert permalink
    January 28, 2011 6:12 pm

    I remember being gutted that I was going to travel from the UK to Chicago for a holiday and miss the gig by a matter of days, then the visa problems happened.

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