John Popper Cancels First Two Solo Gigs

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Blues Traveler singer and harmonica player John Popper has

canceled the first two dates of his first solo tour, originally scheduled

for Wednesday (Sept. 1) in Dewey Beach, Del., and Friday (Sept. 3) in

New Haven, Conn., according to a band spokesperson. The tour is now

scheduled to begin Monday (Sept. 6) in Syracuse, N.Y. The spokesperson

offered no reason for the postponement, but Popper underwent heart surgery

in July and Blues Traveler bassist Bobby Sheehan, whom Popper

called his best friend, was found dead in his New Orleans home Aug. 20.

Popper's first solo album, Zygote, is due Tuesday (Sept. 7).