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News on Lollapalooza, VMALAs, Tabernacle Choir

JaneThe opening date of the Lollapalooza tour has been scotched due to "staging and technical difficulties," according to a statement from tour organizers. The trek was due to launch July 3 in Ionia, Mich., but will now open two days later in Noblesville, Ind.

Tickets for the canceled show maybe exchanged for the July 18 show scheduled at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, Mich. Refunds are also available at point of purchase.

As previously reported, Lollapalooza 2003 will be headlined by Jane's Addiction, and features Audioslave, Incubus, Jurassic 5, the Donnas, and on select dates, Queens Of The Stone Age or A Perfect Circle on its main stage.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

The 2003 MTV Video Music Awards Latin America have been scheduled for Oct. 23 at the Jackie Gleason Theater in Miami Beach, Fla. The second annual event will air live in Latin America and on MTV2 in the U.S.

Last year's event drew viewers in more than 410 million households worldwide and more than 4 million in the U.S., according to the network. Performers included Juanes, Paulina Rubio, Kinky, Molotov, Shakira, Avril Lavigne, Cafe Tacuba, System Of A Down, Mana and Carlos Santana with Michelle Branch.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir has canceled an upcoming Toronto appearance due to concerns over SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome). "The recent re-emergence of SARS has caused choir representatives to reconsider plans to travel to Toronto," officials at Roy Thomson Hall said in a statement. The 360-member group was set to appear June 26 as part of an 11-city North American tour. It was the lone Canadian stop on the tour and the group's first to Toronto in 11 years.

A possible make-up date in the fall is being discussed, with tickets for the canceled date likely to be honored. The Choir, which formed in 1847, is marking the 75th anniversary of its weekly Sunday morning radio program, "Music and the Spoken Word."

-- Jason MacNeil, Toronto