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UPDATE: SARS Scare Causes Branch Cancellation
Citing concerns over the incidence of SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) in Toronto, singer Michelle Branch has canceled an upcoming tour date in Toronto. According to House of Blues Canada, BraCiting concerns over the incidence of SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) in Toronto, singer Michelle Branch has canceled an upcoming tour date in Toronto. According to House of Blues Canada, Branch's May 30 concert at the Guvernment nightclub has been called off. The show will be rescheduled as Branch plans on returning to Toronto as soon as possible. Refunds are available at points of purchase.
As previously reported, the 19-year-old singer will kick off a brief headlining tour May 14 in San Francisco; in June she'll start a longer trek as the opening act on the Dixie Chicks tour. Branch will be out in support her upcoming sophomore album, "Hotel Paper," set for a June 24 release through Maverick.
Kinks guitarist Dave Davies has also cancelled a solo appearance tomorrow (April 30) at Toronto's Hard Rock Cafe. "He had concerns about SARS in Toronto, compounded by logistics in border crossing, so he has cancelled the gig and has no current plans for a make-up date," according to a statement released today.
As well, Concrete Blonde postponed a show tomorrow at the Horseshoe Tavern, and Bright Eyes has backed out of a May 5 show at the Opera House because of the SARS scare.
They join Billy Joel and Elton John, Styx, Lisa Marie Presley, and Kelly Clarkson, all of whom have canceled scheduled appearances in Toronto since the outbreak of SARS.
Although concert postponements and cancelations are rising, the actual SARS scare is shrinking in Toronto. In fact, the World Health Organization has lifted its travel advisory to the city, effective tomorrow, because the "magnitude of probable cases has decreased" and "no new exportation of cases has occurred."
While some artists are taking a wait-and-see approach concerning SARS and Toronto concerts, veteran artist Chris DeBurgh says he has no intention of canceling a May 21 appearance at the city's Hummingbird Centre. "Obviously this illness has to be taken very seriously," DeBurgh said in a statement. "But I, for one, fully intend to honor my commitment to perform in Toronto and I am also looking forward to some time off exploring the city."