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Counting Crows forced to postpone UK tour until May 2009

The Counting Crows

Story by Jack Foley

COUNTING Crows have been forced to postpone their forthcoming December tour of the UK due to unexpected personal and work commitments in the USA.

The tour dates have been re-scheduled for May 2009 and all tickets are valid for the new dates.

The announcement was made on Wednesday, November 5, when an official comment from the band read: “We are really so sorry that due to a variety of circumstances we have had to postpone our dates in December and disappoint all our British fans.

“However, we have re-scheduled our tour and look forward to seeing you all in May 2009. It’s great that Wembley Arena is sold out and as a bonus we are adding a Brixton Academy show for an even more close up and personal Counting Crows intimate London show. We’re planning some really special UK shows and look forward to seeing everyone.”

Counting Crows were the first band in the O2 Wireless Festival’s four-year history to perform in front of a sell-out crowd in London’s Hyde Park.

Under the banner Counting Crows – Live from Hyde Park, ticket buyers for the new and re-scheduled shows in 2009 will also be offered a link to download five free live tracks of Counting Crows’ spectacular live performance from their recent headlining appearance at their sell-out date at the O2 Wireless Festival in Hyde Park.

The live tracks include: Have You Seen Me Lately, Colorblind and Anna Begins, plus Le Ballet d’Or and Hanging Tree, from their latest studio album Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings.

The new tour dates are (all May 2009):

4 – Sheffield Academy
5 – Newcastle Academy
10 – Glasgow Hall 4
11 – Manchester Evening News Arena
13 – Birmingham NIA
14 – London Wembley Arena
16 – Cardiff Arena
18 – Bournemouth BIC
19 – Nottingham Royal Centre
21 – Brixton Academy*
24 – Brighton Centre

Tickets still valid for the same venues and refunds should be sought from the point of purchase.

Tickets are available from www.livenation.co.uk *other than Brixton Academy, which will go on sale on Friday, November 14, 2008 at 9am.

All tickets are subject to booking fee and cost £33.50 (regional) and £35 (London).