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Weezer Calls Off European Tour
Just hours after Janet Jackson canceled a 22-date European tour, citing travel concerns in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the U.S., Weezer has called off its own 16-date European tour "Just hours after Janet Jackson canceled a 22-date European tour, citing travel concerns in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the U.S., Weezer has called off its own 16-date European tour "due to the unsettling and tragic circumstances of the recent events in the U.S.," according to a statement. The trek was due to begin Oct. 9 in Copenhagen and run through a Nov. 1 date in Glasgow.
Weezer wrapped a North American tour last Saturday (Sept. 29) outside New York. That jaunt ran into a bit of a snag when opening act Cold jumped ship after only a handful of shows, reportedly due to the unfavorable response it was receiving from the Weezer fans. The other opening act, the Start, played a longer set to compensate for Cold's absence.
Before the tour even began, Weezer bassist Mikey Welsh went on a leave of absence to seek treatment for an undisclosed medical condition. He was replaced in the lineup by Scott Shriner.
The group remains tight-lipped about Welsh's status, writing on its official Web site that "what's going on between Mikey and Weezer is a private matter, (as it has been since day 1) and there will be no further announcements, news, or speculation in this space unless and until everyone involved is ready to make any statements on the matter."
Weezer is touring in support of its third, self-titled Geffen/Interscope set, which debuted at No. 4 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 1 million copies in the U.S., according to SoundScan. New single "Island in the Sun" is No. 14 on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart this week.
As previously reported, the group has penned some 24 songs in recent weeks, and plans to record a new studio album for release next spring.