Voice of the verb cancel
The sentence below comes from More Word Smart:
We’d better hire some extra security for the concert; it’s going to be teeming with hopped-up kids, and they’ll be furious when they find out that the main act canceled last night.
In this sentence the verb cancel seems a bit awkward in terms of voice. To my sense of English grammar canceled would be a lot better if it were to be replaced with was canceled.
And the dictionary check-up proves my theory, that is, the verb cancel almost always used as transitive verb except used in a very limited sense, as in, two opposing forces that canceled out.
Do you agree with me?