Corrs, Furtado Replace Harvey On First U2 Shows

English singer's illness delays her start on Elevation Tour to April 2 in Houston.

It's been a beautiful day for the Corrs.

The Irish family quartet has been invited to kick off one of the most anticipated tours of the year, just as its latest album, In Blue, took an unexpected leap from #79 to #42 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and passed the 1 million mark in sales.

With PJ Harvey backing out of the first four dates of U2's Elevation Tour due to illness, the Irish rockers have asked the Irish folk-pop group to take over her opening slot for shows Saturday and Monday at the National Car Rental Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The group — vocalist Andrea Corr, violinist Sharon Corr, drummer Caroline Corr and guitarist Jim Corr — will play 40-minute sets at each of the shows, according to the Corrs' spokesperson at Atlantic Records.

Nelly Furtado will open for U2 on March 29 in Charlotte, North Carolina, and March 30 in Atlanta, her DreamWorks publicist said. The Canadian singer's previously announced date in Norfolk, Virginia, on March 29 will be rescheduled.

Harvey, a British songstress supporting last year's acclaimed Stories From the City, Stories From the Sea, canceled the last three shows of her European tour last month because of a severe fever. She is scheduled to rejoin the Elevation Tour on April 2 in Houston, according to a statement from U2.

Elevation Tour dates, according to www.u2.com:

  • 3/24 - Fort Lauderdale, FL @ National Car Rental Center

  • 3/26 - Fort Lauderdale, FL @ National Car Rental Center

  • 3/29 - Charlotte, NC @ Coliseum

  • 3/30 - Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena

  • 4/2 - Houston, TX @ Compaq Center

  • 4/3 - Dallas, TX @ Reunion Arena

  • 4/6 - Denver, CO @ Pepsi Arena

  • 4/9 - Calgary, AB @ Pengrowth Saddledome

  • 4/10 - Calgary, AB@ Pengrowth Saddledome

  • 4/12 - Tacoma, WA @ Dome

  • 4/13 - Vancouver, BC @ General Motors Place

  • 4/15 - Portland, OR @ Rose Garden

  • 4/17 - San Diego, CA @ Sports Arena

  • 4/19 - San Jose, CA @ Arena

  • 4/20 - San Jose, CA @ Arena

  • 4/23 - Anaheim, CA @ The Arrowhead Pond

  • 4/24 - Anaheim, CA @ The Arrowhead Pond

  • 4/16 - Anaheim, CA @ The Arrowhead Pond

  • 4/28 - Phoenix, AZ @ America West Arena

  • 5/1 - Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center

  • 5/3 - Cleveland, OH @ Gund Arena

  • 5/4 - Lexington, KY @ Rupp Arena

  • 5/6 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Mellon Arena

  • 5/7 - Columbus, OH @ Nationwide Arena

  • 5/9 - Milwaukee, WI @ Bradley Center

  • 5/10 - Indianapolis, IN @ Conseco Fieldhouse

  • 5/12 - Chicago, IL @ United Center

  • 5/13 - Chicago, IL @ United Center

  • 5/14 - Chicago, IL @ United Center

  • 5/16 - Chicago, IL @ United Center

  • 5/24 - Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre

  • 5/25 - Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre

  • 5/27 - Montreal, QC @ Molson Centre

  • 5/30 - Auburn Hills, MI @ Palace of Auburn Hills

  • 5/31 - Buffalo, NY @ HSBC Arena

  • 6/2 - Albany, NY @ Pepsi Arena

  • 6/3 - Hartford, CT @ Civic Center

  • 6/5 - Boston, MA @ Fleet Center

  • 6/6 - Boston, MA @ Fleet Center

  • 6/8 - Boston, MA @ Fleet Center

  • 6/9 - Boston, MA @ Fleet Center

  • 6/11 - Philadelphia, PA @ First Union Center

  • 6/12 - Philadelphia, PA @ First Union Center

  • 6/14 - Washington, DC @ MCI Center

  • 6/15 - Washington, DC @ MCI Center

  • 6/17 - New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden

  • 6/19 - New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden

  • 6/21 - East Rutherford, NJ @ Continental Airlines Arena

  • 6/22 - East Rutherford, NJ @ Continental Airlines Arena