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U2, Christina Aguilera, Limp Bizkit Ditch Summer Concert Plans
 

By GARY GRAFF
of the Oakland Press

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The disappearance of scheduled shows by U2, Christina Aguilera and Limp Bizkit has altered the coming summer concert season in the metro Detroit area.

U2 has postponed the 16-date second North American leg of its 360 Tour -- including June 30 at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing -- after frontman Bono injured himself during rehearsals and underwent emergency back surgery on Friday (May 21) in Munich, Germany. The shows will be rescheduled for 2011, and new dates and ticket details will be announced soon.

U2 has also canceled a planned performance on June 25 at Britain's Glastonbury Festival.

In a statement, U2 manager Paul McGuinness said that, "We're all devastated. For a performer who lives to be on stage, this is more than a blow. (Bono) feels robbed of the chance to do what he does best and feels like he has badly let down the band and their audience...His concerns about more than a million ticket buyers whose plans have been turned upside down, we all share, but the most important thing right now is that Bono make a full recovery.

"We're working as fast as we can...to reschedule these dates."

Aguilera, who was due to perform July 24 at the DTE Energy Music Theatre, has opted to push the tour for her new album, "Bionic," to 2011 in order to concentrate on promoting her new film, "Burlesque." A statement announcing the cancellation said that Aguilera "felt she needed more time to rehearse the show and with less than a month between the album release and tour date this wasn't possible."

Refunds will be available at the point of purchase, and Aguilera's 2011 dates will be announced later this year.

The reunited Limp Bizkit's North American tour, including a July 23 stop at DTE, was called off last week but may be rescheduled soon, with new venues. Frontman Fred Durst said in a statement that, "Basically, Limp is not an amphitheatre band We like to see less seats in front of the stage and more floor filled with fans going bananas. It's just more fun for all of us that way."

The group still plans to play a selection of festivals, mostly in Europe, during the summer.

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