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Mariah Carey Cancels Opening Dates Of Her Holiday Tour

(CelebrityAccess) — Singer Mariah Carey has canceled the first seven dates of her upcoming annual “All I Want for Christmas Is You” tour, citing illness.

“Lambs! Just in time for the holiday gift-giving season, it seems I’ve received a present of my own, a lovely upper respiratory infection after last week’s flu. Bleak!” Carey wrote in a message posted to her Twitter account.

"You know there is nothing I love more than celebrating the holidays with my festive Christmas shows but I have to take my doctor's orders and rest until he says I can sing on stage. Until then, unfortunately, I have to cancel the first several shows of my upcoming Christmas tour. I'm going to do all that I can so that I can see you soon," Carey added.

Carey had been scheduled to kick her tour off on Friday at the Colosseum at Caesars Windsor, in Windsor, Ontario. Carey is now scheduled to pick up the thread of her holiday tour with her Beacon Theatre shows in New York, starting on Nov. 27th and run through December 5th.