Singer songwriter Elvis Costello has mysteriously ditched his latest tour, including a planned appearance at the Bournemouth International Centre on November 8.
The award-winning musician's work has covered everything from angst-ridden new wave rock to country and classical.
The gig, which would have found Costello appearing alongside long-time collaborator Steve Nave, veteran keyboard player with The Attractions, has now been rescheduled for Friday, April 30, next year.
All current ticket-holders are being told that their tickets will remain valid for the new show. Alternatively, they can obtain a full refund by contacting the BIC box office before December 8.
The tour, which has been heavily advertised, was designed to promote Costello's latest album North, leaving people baffled as to why it should be cancelled at the last minute.
Initially, no reason was given but eventually a spokesman for the promoters £A issued what they described as an official statement.
It stated: "Due to production difficulties, this date has had to be rescheduled to Friday 30/4/04."
This did little to clear up the confusion. "What possible production difficulties can there be in staging a show that involves two blokes, a guitar and a piano?" asked one baffled fan.
Costello, of course, is used to keeping fans guessing, but usually about what musical direction he will take next.
He first found fame back in 1977 with the classic debut album My Aim Is True and for more than a quarter of a century has forged a reputation as one of Britain's most creative singer-songwriters.
Regularly producing starkly different recordings, he has worked with everyone from Bob Dylan and Neil Young to Burt Bacharach and the Count Basie Orchestra.