Britney’s Illness Postpones Tour Kickoff

Opening date pushed back until October 31 in Washington, D.C.; five shows added to trek.

The opening date for Britney Spears’ tour has been pushed back five days in line with her doctor’s suggestion that the pop singer rest for a week after coming down with the flu.

The teen queen was diagnosed with the illness upon her return from an Australian tour to promote her forthcoming album, Britney, due November 6, according to a Jive Records spokesperson. Her physician’s prescription for R&R means tour rehearsals must be pushed back, thereby postponing shows on October 26 in Miami and October 28 in Tampa until December 19 and 18, respectively.

Her tour will now begin October 31 in Washington, D.C.

Besides the scheduling changes, five new dates — Atlanta; New Orleans; Salt Lake City; Raleigh, North Carolina; and East Rutherford, New Jersey — and a second Las Vegas show have been added to Spears’ itinerary.

Revised Britney Spears tour dates, according to Jive Records:


  • 10/31 – Washington, DC @ MCI Center
  • 11/1 – Columbus, OH @ Nationwide Arena
  • 11/2 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mellon Arena
  • 11/5 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
  • 11/7 – Uniondale, NY @ Nassau Coliseum
  • 11/8 – State College, PA @ Bryce Jordan Center
  • 11/9 – Cleveland, OH @ Gund Arena
  • 11/10 – Cincinnati, OH @ Firstar Center
  • 11/12 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
  • 11/13 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Delta Center
  • 11/17 – Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand Garden Arena
  • 11/18 – Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand Garden Arena
  • 11/20 – Anaheim, CA @ Arrowhead Pond
  • 11/21 – Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center
  • 11/26 – Auburn Hills, MI @ Palace of Auburn Hills
  • 11/27 – Milwaukee, WI @ Bradley Center
  • 11/28 – Rosemont, IL @ Allstate Arena
  • 11/29 – Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center
  • 12/2 – East Rutherford, NJ @ Continental Airlines Arena
  • 12/3 – Albany, NY @ Pepsi Arena
  • 12/4 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
  • 12/8 – Hartford, CT @ Hartford Civic Center
  • 12/9 – Boston, MA @ FleetCenter
  • 12/10 – Philadelphia, PA @ First Union Center
  • 12/14 – Raleigh, NC @ Entertainment and Sports Arena
  • 12/15 – Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena
  • 12/16 – New Orleans, LA @ New Orleans Arena
  • 12/18 – Tampa, FL @ Ice Palace
  • 12/19 – Miami, FL @ American Airlines Arena