The Backstreet Boys expect to resume the group's Black & Blue World Tour 2001 slightly later than originally planned, following band member AJ McLean's completion of treatment for depression and a

The Backstreet Boys expect to resume the group's Black & Blue World Tour 2001 slightly later than originally planned, following band member AJ McLean's completion of treatment for depression and alcohol abuse. Instead of the original Aug. 7 re-start date in Vancouver, the trek will now relaunch Aug. 24 in Milwaukee.

"AJ's initial treatment is going very well," the group's Kevin Richardson said in a statement. "His doctors have suggested it would be in AJ's best interest to take an additional two weeks in transitional care." As previously reported, the Backstreet Boys postponed the tour July 9 when McLean entered an undisclosed treatment center.

"We are thankful for the outpouring of understanding and respect that has been given to us from the media, our peers and fans around the world through this difficult time," group member Howie Dorough added.

The newly updated itinerary will find BSB closing the tour Oct. 20 in San Diego. Tickets already purchased for the postponed shows (July 9-Aug. 22) will be honored for the rescheduled dates.

The group will be touring in support of its latest Jive album, "Black and Blue." Released last November, the album has been certified by the Recording Industry Association of America for U.S. shipments of 8 million copies.

Here is the Backstreet Boys' updated tour itinerary:

Aug. 24: Milwaukee, Wis. (Bradley Center)
Aug. 25: Cincinnati (Firstar Center)
Aug. 26: St. Louis, Mo. (Riverport Amphitheatre)
Aug. 27: Kansas City, Mo. (Kemper Arena)
Aug. 29: Houston (Compaq Center)
Aug. 30: San Antonio, Texas (Alamodome)
Aug. 31: Dallas (American Airlines Arena)
Sept. 4: Uniondale, N.Y. (Nassau Coliseum)
Sept. 6-7: East Rutherford, N.J. (Continental Airlines Arena)
Sept. 8-10: Boston (Fleet Center)
Sept. 12-14: Toronto (Air Canada Center)
Sept. 15: Kanata, Ontario (Corel Centre)
Sept. 17: Montreal (Molson Center)
Sept. 18: Buffalo, N.Y. (HSBC Arena)
Sept. 19: Cleveland (Gund Arena)
Sept. 20: Detroit (the Palace)
Sept. 22: Tinley Park, Ill. (Tweeter Center)
Sept. 23: Minneapolis (Target Center)
Sept. 26-27: Calgary, Alberta (Saddledome)
Sept. 28: Edmonton, Alberta (Sky Reach)
Oct. 1: Vancouver (General Motors Place)
Oct. 2: Portland, Ore. (Rose Garden)
Oct. 4: Boise, Idaho (Idaho Center)
Oct. 5: Salt Lake City (Delta Center)
Oct. 7: Albuquerque, N.M. (Journal Pavilion)
Oct. 10: Denver (Pepsi Center)
Oct. 12: Phoenix (Desert Sky)
Oct. 13: San Bernardino, Calif. (Glen Helen Blockbuster)
Oct. 15: San Jose, Calif. (San Jose Arena)
Oct. 17: Bakersfield, Calif. (Centennial Garden)
Oct. 19: Las Vegas (MGM Grand)
Oct. 20: San Diego (Coors Amphitheater)

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