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TOURING & FESTIVAL UPDATES (Click on More to view all articles): Coldplay Confirms Extensive North American Tour

Coldplay has confirmed the first leg of what will be their most extensive North American tour to date. Presented by MTV and kicking off January 21 in Orlando, the first run will hit large halls in 26 cities. Plans are also currently being made for a May/June second leg of North American dates. In addition to their 2003 headline tour, Coldplay is set to return to the States next month for a run of major market Christmas radio shows and a December 16 performance on Late Show with David Letterman.

Coldplay 2002/2003 Tour Dates:

December 8 Los Angeles CA KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas

December 9 San Francisco CA KLLC Alice In Winterland

December 11 Boston MA WBCN X-MAS Rave

December 12 New York NY K-ROCK Claus-Fest

December 13 Washington DC WHFS WHFS-Mas Nutcracker

December 15 Philadelphia PA Y-100 Festival 2002

December 16 New York NY Late Show with David Letterman

January 21 Orlando FL Hard Rock Live

January 22 Coral Gables FL University of Miami Convocation Hall

Januart 24 Birmingham AL BJCC Concert Hall

January 25 Charlotte NC Grady Cole Center

January 27 New Orleans LA Saenger Theatre

January 28 Houston TX Verizon Wireless Theatre

January 29 Austin TX Frank Erwin Center

January 31 Grand Prairie TX Next Stage

February 1 Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall

February 3 St. Louis MO Savvis Center

February 4 Kansas City KS Memorial Hall

February 6 Denver CO Fillmore Auditorium

February 7 Magna UT Saltair Resort Pavillon

February 9 Phoenix AZ Dodge Theater

February 24 Ottawa ONT Corel Centre

February 25 Montreal ONT T.B.A.

February 27 Hartford CT Oakdale

February 28 Camden NJ Tweeter Center

March 2 Pittsburgh PA Palumbo Theatre

March 3 Detroit MI Fox Theatre

March 4 Indianapolis IN Murat Theatre

March 6 Atlanta GA T.B.A.

March 7 Nashville TN Ryman Auditorium

March 9 Columbus OH The Pavillion

March 10 Louisville KY Palace Theatre

March 12 Milwaukee WI Eagles Ballroom

March 13 Minneapolis MN Target Center

George Strait Extends Tour Through Winter

Due to the overwhelming success of the fall run of George Strait’s

"Road Less Traveled Tour," 21 more dates have been added for 2003. During the first 24 dates of his tour that finished in November, George played to over 358,000 fans and grossed nearly $19 million in ticket sales.

The winter tour will kick-off in Greenville, SC on January 16 at the Bi-Lo Center and wrap in Louisville, KY on February 28 at Freedom Hall. Epic recording artist, Tammy Cochran will join Strait as his special guest.

With the lone exception of Phoenix, which is a fixed stage ampitheatre, all shows will be performed in the round.

George Strait Itinerary:

Jan. 16 — Greenville, SC — Bi-Lo Center

Jan. 17 — Birmingham, AL — BJCC Arena

Jan. 18 — Shreveport, LA — Century Tel

Jan. 19 — Austin, TX — Frank Erwin Center

Jan. 23 — Phoenix, AZ — Cricket Ampitheatre

Jan. 24 — Las Vegas, NV — Mandalay Bay Hotel

Jan. 30 — Dayton, OH — Nutter Center

Jan. 31 — Chicago, IL — Allstate Arena

Feb. 1 — East Lansing, MI — Breslin Center

Feb. 6 — Washington, DC — MCI Center

Feb. 7 — Philadelphia, PA — First Union Center

Feb. 8 — Pittsburgh, PA — Mellon Arena

Feb. 12 — Moline, IL — The Mark

Feb. 13 — Kansas City, MO — Kemper Arena

Feb. 14 — Evansville, IN — Roberts Stadium

Feb. 20 — N. Charleston, WV — N. Charleston Coliseum

Feb. 21 — Gwinnett, GA — Gwinnett Center

Feb. 22 — Raleigh, NC — RBC Center

Feb. 25 — Houston, TX — Reliant Stadium (Houston Livestock Show without Tammy Cochran)

Feb. 27 — Ft. Wayne, IN — Allen County

Feb. 28 — Louisville, KY — Freedom Hall

Brain Tumor Operation Sidelines Pseudopod

Kevin Carlberg, the lead singer of Pseudopod, underwent surgery on November 19 to remove a malignant brain tumor.

Pseudopod was recently on the road in Colorado in support of their self-titled debut CD.

While in Ft. Collins, on the eve before starting a tour with the band O.A.R., Kevin became ill with terrible headaches and nausea prior to a radio interview.

Seeking treatment at the local medical clinic, a CAT scan revealed that it was a small tumor that would most likely require surgery.

Kevin and the rest of the band immediately returned to Los Angeles for treatment to have the tumor removed. A five-hour operation on Kevin soon followed.

Carlberg is recuperating at home and will most likely need radiation and chemotherapy treatment following the procedure.

As a result, Pseudopod has canceled their tour dates with O.A.R. Meanwhile, Carlberg is in good spirits and is determined to make a full recovery.

KORN Cancels Remaining Five US Shows

KORN has been forced to cancel the five remaining U.S. dates on their North American Pop Sux! tour due to the strained vocal cords of KORN lead singer Jonathan Davis, who was advised by his vocal coach and doctors to cut the tour short.

Not wanting to disappoint their Canadian fans,
the group is going ahead with their two Canadian shows: December 4 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto and December 5 at the Bell Center in Montreal.

These are rescheduled dates from the first leg of KORN's U.S. trek earlier this

The cancelled concerts:

December 7 Binghamton, NY Broome County Arena
December 8 Erie, PA Erie Civic Center
December 10 Utica, NY Memorial Coliseum
December 11 Reading, PA Sovereign Center
December12 Bridgeport, CT Arena at Harbor Yard

Three Tenors' Ohio Concert Postponed

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Three Tenors' have postponed their Jan. 5 concert with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra because Luciano Pavarotti's girlfriend is expected to give birth to twins that week.

Their performance was rescheduled for Sept. 28, promoters said Tuesday.

Pavarotti, Jose Carreras and Placido Domingo have schedules that do not allow much mutual availability, promoters said.

"The concert will go on in the same form and fashion as originally planned," said Ruth Milligan, a spokeswoman for the orchestra. "Only the date has been changed."

The Three Tenors performed together only twice last year and have only two scheduled concerts this year. The next one is Dec. 16 in St. Paul, Minn.

Concertgoers holding the tickets for the Jan. 5 performance at the Schottenstein Center can use them Sept. 28 or get refunds, beginning Monday, from where they were purchased, promoters said.

Pavarotti, 67, has been living with Nicoletta Mantovani, 32, since 1996. He has three children from a previous marriage.