The ABBA-singing Swedish teen group the A*Teens have just wrapped up a short promotional tour of America, an outing that will set the stage for the quartet's appearance on the Britney Spears tour this summer.
Unfortunately, the A*Teens' Dhani Lennevald injured himself during the first of two shows at Disneyland's Tomorrowland Terrace in Anaheim, California, and Dhani was forced to sit out the last two dates with a partially torn ligament in his inner thigh.
"It [happened] at Disneyland when we did a performance there," Lennevald told MTV News. "It was in the last song, 'Mamma Mia,' during the last jump, when me and Amit [Paul] jump over the girls and land in a sort of split. And yeah, there is where it happened. Suddenly it was like my [leg] muscle had pulled off."
"It was so scary," added A*Teens bandmate Sara Lumholdt. "It was really scary." [RealAudio]
Lennevald is expected to fully recover in time for the band's opening stint on Britney's tour, which begins on July 19 in Dallas and continuing through an August 14 show in Salt Lake City.
The injury will also give the A*Teens a much needed break, as the group has been on the road non-stop in Europe, Asia, and America since issuing its debut album, "The ABBA Generation" overseas last fall and scoring a pair of European hits with covers of "Mamma Mia" and "Dancing Queen."
"You're welcome," Dhani joked. "I
do everything for you, you know.
That's rock and roll." [RealAudio]
The A*Teens are slated to release "The ABBA Generation" here in America on May 23 and will be pushing their "Dancing Queen" single during their summer jaunt with Spears.
After a brief opening stint for 'NSYNC last fall, the Swedish teens say they're looking forward to playing the same size crowds once again, this time with Britney, an artist they all admire.
"We did the 'NSYNC tour, and that was like five gigs, and [after that] you felt like you wanted [to play for] more," Amit said, "and now, finally, we get to do more. It'll be so fun playing to all these people, 15,000 [seat] venues and stuff like that."
"It's amazing to perform before her," Sara said, "because
I really look up
to her, and I think she's very good, and that it's really amazing that we got this. I was like, 'Oh my God,' [when I heard]."
"I really hope to meet her," Amit said.
Other confirmed openers for Britney Spears' summer tour, which will now begin on June 20 in Columbia, Maryland, include BBMak and Innosense, both of whom will share the opening slot up through a July 9 show in Detroit.
Revised dates for Britney Spears' summer tour:
- 6/20 - Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Pavilion
- 6/21 - Hartford, CT @ Meadows Music Theatre
- 6/23 - Darien Lake, NY @ Darien Lake Theme Park
- 6/24 - Hershey, PA @ Hershey Park Arena
- 6/25 - Scranton, PA @ Montage Mountain
- Wantagh, NY @ Jones Beach Amphitheater
- 6/28 - Wantagh, NY @ Jones Beach Amphitheater
- 6/29 - Wantagh, NY @ Jones Beach Amphitheater
- 6/30 - Wantagh, NY @ Jones Beach Amphitheater
- 7/2 - Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
- 7/3 - Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
- 7/4 - Bristow, VA @ Nissan Pavilion
- 7/5 - Camden, NJ @ Blockbuster Pavilion
- 7/7 - Tinley Park, IL @ New World Music Theatre
- 7/8 - Milwaukee, WI @ Marcus Amphitheater
- 7/9 - Auburn Hills, MI @ Pine Knob
- 7/16 - St. Louis, MO @ Riverport Amphitheater
- 7/17 - Bonner Springs, KS @ Sandstone Amphitheater
- 7/19 - Dallas, TX @ Coca-Cola Starplex
- 7/20 - San Antonio, TX @ Alamodome
- 7/21 - Woodlands, TX @ Mitchell Pavilion
- 7/26 - Denver, CO @ Red Rocks
- 7/27 - Albuquerque, NM @ Mesa Del Sol
- 7/29 - Phoenix, AZ @ Desert Sky Pavilion
- 7/31 - Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
- 8/1 - Concord, CA @ Concord Pavilion
- 8/3 - San Diego, CA @ Sports Arena
- 8/4 - Las Vegas, NV
@ MGM Grand Arena
- 8/5 - San Bernardino, CA @ Blockbuster Pavilion
- 8/6 - Sacramento, CA @ Sacramento Valley Amphitheater
- 8/8 - Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheater
- 8/10 - Portland, OR @ Rose Garden
- 8/11 - Seattle, WA @ The Gorge
- 8/12 - Vancouver, BC @ GM Place
- 8/14 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Delta Center
- 8/21 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Coca-Cola Star Lake
- 8/ 22 - Toronto, ON @ Molson Amphitheater
- 8/23 - Montreal, QE @ Molson Centre
- 8/25 - Atlantic City, NJ @ Trump Taj Mahal
- 8/28 - Boston, MA @ Tweeter Center
- 8/30 - Saratoga Springs, NY @ S.P.A.C.
- 8/31 - Cleveland, OH @ Gund Arena
- 9/1 - Knoxville, TN @ Thompson-Boling Arena
- 9/2 - Indianapolis, IN @ Deer Creek
- 9/3 - Columbus, OH @ Polaris Amphitheater
- 9/5 - Antioch, TN @ First American Music Center
- 9/6 - Atlanta, GA @ Coca-Cola Lakewood Amphitheater
- 9/9 - Orlando, FL @ Orlando Centroplex
- 9/10 - West Palm Beach, FL @ Coral Sky Amphitheater
- 9/12 - Raleigh, NC
@ Alltel Pavilion at Walnut Creek
- 9/13 - Charlotte, NC @ Blockbuster Pavilion
- 9/14 - Virginia Beach, VA @ GTE Center
- 9/15 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Coca-Cola Star Lake