Franklin's track record on local cancellations gives no reason for optimism that the show will happen then, either. But at least this time, there's a plausible excuse. The Queen of Soul was to sing last month at a tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. in Washington, D.C., an event scuttled by Hurricane Irene. That was rescheduled for Oct. 16, necessitating postponement of Franklin's Durham date.
In 2005 and 2006, Franklin was scheduled to play Cary's Booth Amphitheater. Both shows were canceled after tickets went on sale, as was a 2007 date at UNC-Chapel Hill. Maybe the fourth time will turn out to (belatedly) be the charm.
The show is sold out, and tickets will be honored. For details, see dpacnc.com.