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Blues Traveler Forced To Cancel Dates Due To Popper's Chest Pains
Launch.com, National
Jul 1st, 1999

(7/1/99, 4 p.m. PDT) - Blues Traveler has been forced to cancel its appearances on Saturday and Sunday (July 3 and 4) at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colo., as singer John Popper entered a West Coast hospital to undergo tests after experiencing chest pains.

According to a spokesperson for the band, during a doctor's visit today Popper was advised to enter the hospital for tests. The Blues Traveler frontman has been suffering from chest pains over the last few months.

The spokesperson says that Popper is "feeling fine" and the tests are "a preventative measure." Doctors are expected to have the results of the tests on Monday (July 5) or Tuesday (July 6), according to the spokesperson.

"These have been some of the band's favorite gigs, and Red Rocks has been their home for the July 4th weekend the past seven years," read a statement from the band. "All four band members regret that they will not be able to appear, and wish to offer an enormous apology to their fans in Colorado and across the United States who have planned to make the trip into town for these performances." The spokesperson for the band, however, says that there is a possibility that the dates will be rescheduled.

The gigs were the band's only appearances this year, aside from a benefit show for the Rainforest Action Network on Monday (June 28) at the Warfield Theatre in San Francisco. At the gig, the band was joined on stage by former Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh and keyboardist/former Jerry Garcia colleague Merl Saunders.

Aside from the dates with Blues Traveler, Popper was preparing for the Sept. 7 release of his solo debut Zygote, which includes the forthcoming single "Miserable Bastard." The singer had planned to tour with the John Popper Band in October in support of the album.

On the album, Popper plays lead guitar, backed by a band that includes Dave Matthews Band drummer Carter Beauford. Beauford, however, will not tour with Popper, due to his other commitments.