A day after postponing a show due to an illness suffered by lead singer Natalie Maines, the Dixie Chicks have rescheduled an upcoming Toronto concert due to concerns over the SARS (Severe Acute Respir

A day after postponing a show due to an illness suffered by lead singer Natalie Maines, the Dixie Chicks have rescheduled an upcoming Toronto concert due to concerns over the SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) outbreak in the city. The trio's June 12 show at the city's Air Canada Centre has been moved to Aug. 6 at the same venue.

The show was postponed due to concerns about the risk of tour personnel facing quarantine as a result of the SARS situation. However, the Chicks have no plans to postpone their other Top of the World Tour Canadian date July 11 in Vancouver.

The country trio joins Staind, Billy Joel, Elton John, Michelle Branch, Richard Thompson, Concrete Blonde, Styx, and Kelly Clarkson on the list of acts that have cancelled or postponed Toronto appearances due to the baffling illness.

As previously reported, several Canadian artists are banding together to perform during a June 21 event to battle the city's tourism and economic problems in the wake of SARS, which has caused 29 deaths in the Toronto area. The sold-out Concert for Toronto will feature McLachlan, Remy Shand, Glenn Lewis, and other unconfirmed artists performing at the Air Canada Centre, while Sum 41, Lavigne, Barenaked Ladies, Our Lady Peace and the Tragically Hip will perform at the adjacent Skydome.

Last night (June 1), the Chicks did not take the stage at Cleveland's Gund Arena because Maines was suffering a sore throat. Fans were not permitted to go to their seats and the show was canceled about 15 minutes before the scheduled 7:30 p.m. start time. The concert has been rescheduled for June 11.

Band member Emily Robison said the group was sorry about the cancellation but had no choice. "Natalie is not feeling very well. Her throat has some damage to it," Robison said. "She's sick right now and the doctor said, 'If you sing tonight, you're just going to make it worse.'" Robison noted that it was the first time the group has ever had to cancel a show.



-- Larry LeBlanc, Toronto & AP



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