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Backstreet Boys Postpone Tour Launch To Sidestep Hurricane

Hurricane Floyd, which was packing torrential rains and 150 mile-per-hour winds as it approached Florida's coast on Monday (9/13), has forced the Backstreet Boys to reschedule the first two dates of their sold-out North American tour.
The tour was scheduled to open at the National Car Rental Center near Miami on Tuesday and Wednesday, but those dates were rescheduled for Dec. 5 and 6 due to the dangerous conditions, according to venue officials. The tour's next scheduled stop is Sept. 17 in Charlotte. It then heads to Washington, D.C., for shows Sept. 18 and 19.
A statewide state of emergency was declared by Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on Monday, which lifted tolls on state roads to hasten evacuation from the coast and put the National Guard on alert. Tens of thousands of Florida residents in coastal areas were ordered to evacuate their homes Monday, and thousands of others were warned that further evacuations were possible.
The hurricane was headed in a westerly direction on Monday, but it was expected to make a northward turn that would cause the brunt of the storm to remain about 100 miles off the coast of Florida. Still, hurricane-force winds of more than 70 MPH were expected along the coast by Wednesday morning, according to the National Weather Service in Jacksonville, Fla.
By late Monday evening, Floyd was three times as wide and already as strong as Hurricane Andrew, which killed more than 40 people and caused more than $25 billion in damage when it struck the Miami area in August 1992, according to the AP.
[Note: The following tour itinerary has been provided by artist and/or tour sources, who verify its accuracy as of 09/13/99. Changes may occur before tickets go on sale. Check with official artist web sites, ticketing sources and venues for late updates.]
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September
17 - Charlotte, NC - Charlotte Coliseum
18 - Washington, DC - MCI Center
19 - Washington, DC - MCI Center
21 - Boston, MA - FleetCenter
22 - Boston, MA - FleetCenter
23 - East Rutherford, NJ - Continental Airline Arena
24 - East Rutherford, NJ - Continental Airline Arena
26 - Uniondale, NY - Nassau Coliseum
27 - Uniondale, NY - Nassau Coliseum
29 - Philadelphia, PA - First Union Center
30 - Philadelphia, PA - First Union Center
October
4 - Columbus, OH - Schottenstein Center
5 - Chicago, IL - Allstate Arena
6 - Chicago, IL - Allstate Arena
7 - Chicago, IL - Allstate Arena
9 - Minneapolis, MN - Target Center
12 - Phoenix, AZ - America West Arena
14 - Anaheim, CA - Arrowhead Pond
15 - Anaheim, CA - Arrowhead Pond
16 - Las Vegas, NV - MGM Grand Garden
17 - Las Vegas, NV - MGM Grand Garden
19 - Inglewood, CA - Great Western Forum
20 - Inglewood, CA - Great Western Forum
21 - San Jose, CA - San Jose Arena
22 - San Jose, CA - San Jose Arena
25 - Portland, OR - Rose Garden Arena
26 - Tacoma, WA - Tacoma Dome
28 - Salt Lake City, UT - Delta Center
29 - Salt Lake City, UT - Delta Center
31 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center
November
2 - Iowa City, IA - Hawkeye Arena
3 - Madison, WI - Kohl Center
4 - Milwaukee, WI - Bradley Center
6 - Detroit, MI - Palace Of Auburn Hills
7 - Detroit, MI - Palace Of Auburn Hills
8 - Detroit, MI - Palace Of Auburn Hills
10 - Montreal, QUE - Molson Centre
11 - Toronto, ONT - Toronto Skydome
12 - Ottawa, ONT - Corel Centre
14 - Buffalo, NY - Marine Midland Arena
15 - Cincinnati, OH - Firstar Center
17 - St. Louis, MO - Kiel Center
18 - Kansas City, MO - Kemper Arena
20 - New Orleans, LA - New Orleans Arena
21 - Memphis, TN - Pyramid
23 - Birmingham, AL - Birmingham-Jefferson Coliseum
24 - Atlanta, GA - Philips Arena
26 - Lexington, KY - Rupp Arena
28 - Knoxville, TN - Thompson-Boling Arena
29 - Nashville, TN - Gaylord Entertainment Center
December
1 - Orlando, FL - Orlando Arena
2 - Tampa, FL - Ice Palace
5 - Sunrise, FL - National Car Rental Arena
6 - Sunrise, FL - National Car Rental Arena


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