Blige Scraps Italian Concert
Mary J. Blige canceled a concert in Milan scheduled for next Tuesday (April 16) out of fears of a possible terrorist attack, the concert promoter said. On March 31, the State Department issued a warniMary J. Blige canceled a concert in Milan scheduled for next Tuesday (April 16) out of fears of a possible terrorist attack, the concert promoter said. On March 31, the State Department issued a warning of "possible threats" to U.S. citizens in the cities of Milan, Venice, Florence, and Verona. Officials have refused to give details about the threats.
"Following the American government statement to its citizens regarding possible terrorist attacks in some Italian cities, the artist decided to cancel the concert," tour promoter Clear Channel Entertainment said in a statement. Blige's performance in Milan at the Alcatraz club was to have been her only show in Italy.
Italy has been on alert for possible terror attacks since Sept. 11, and several people suspected of links to foreign terrorist groups have been arrested. Also, concerns about domestic extremists flared last month after the far-leftist Red Brigades organization claimed responsibility for the slaying of a government adviser.
Blige is on tour promoting the newly revamped version of her MCA album, "No More Drama," which jumps 24-17 in its ninth week on The Billboard 200. She will be on the road in Europe through an April 25 show in Dublin. Back in the U.S., Blige is confirmed to appear May 23 at "VH1 Divas Las Vegas" in Las Vegas with Celine Dion and Cher and July 5 at the annual Essence Music Festival in New Orleans.
Here are Mary J. Blige's remaining tour dates:
April 11: Stuttgart, Germany (Liederhalle)
April 12: Berlin (Columbiahalle)
April 14: Vienna (Bank Austria Hall)
April 15: Munich (Colosseum)
April 17: Zurich (Hallenstadion Zurich)
April 19: Birmingham, England (NEC Arena)
April 20: Manchester, England (Manchester Evening News Arena)
April 23: London (Wembley Arena)
April 25: Dublin (RDS Arena)
May 23: Las Vegas (VH1 Divas Las Vegas)
July 5: New Orleans (Louisiana Superdome)
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