Forty-five-show, 88-truck excursion expected to be largest pop tour ever.
‘NSYNC’s highly anticipated summer tour, PopOdyssey, is apparently such a spectacle, the group has been forced to delay opening night by six days to properly prepare.
The outing is now scheduled to kick off May 18 at Alltel Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida, according to promoters. The previous opening night, May 12 at Pro Player Stadium in Miami, Florida, has been moved to August 2.
Other dates have been changed (May 15 in Tampa, Florida, to July 31; May 24 in Atlanta, Georgia, to August 11; June 6 in Cincinnati, Ohio, to June 8; June 12 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to June 13; June 29 in Detroit, Michigan, to June 30; August 10 in Louisville, Kentucky, to August 9), deleted (May 22 in Charlotte, North Carolina; July 31 in Las Cruces, New Mexico; August 18 in Memphis, Tennessee) and added (August 18 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; August 22 in New Orleans, Louisiana).
Extra time was needed by the production staff to complete the tour’s staging, according to a press release. Promoters said the 88 trucks it will require to carry the production make PopOdyssey the largest tour in pop history.
“[‘NSYNC] wanted to make sure that all their fans got the full effect of this dynamic tour,” Brad Wavra of SFX, the tour’s promoters, said in the release. “We, along with the group, regret any inconvenience this schedule change may have caused for the fans. We promise this tour will be a musical extravaganza for the record books.”
Refunds will be given to fans who purchased tickets to canceled shows.
‘NSYNC is scheduled to play 45 dates in 38 cities. Television-spawned pop group Eden’s Crush will join the group on June 19 and open for the remainder of the tour.
In other ‘NSYNC news, marionettes of the group, like those featured in their “It’s Gonna Be Me” video, are for sale beginning today at www.nsyncdirect.com.
Each $300 puppet is two feet high, weighs four pounds and comes with a certificate of authenticity signed by the band member depicted. Only 440 marionettes are available. A portion of the proceeds will go to ‘NSYNC’s charity, Challenge for the Children.
‘NSYNC are in the studio recording tracks for their next album (see “‘NSYNC To Release Celebrity On June 26”). Jive Records hopes to release the first single by the end of April.
‘NSYNC PopOdyssey Tour Dates, According To SFX:
May 18 – Jacksonville, FL – Alltel Stadium
May 20 – Jackson, MS – Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium
May 26 – Hershey, PA – Hershey Park Stadium
May 28 – Hershey, PA – Hershey Park Stadium
May 31 – Foxboro, MA – Foxboro Stadium
June 1 – Foxboro, MA – Foxboro Stadium
June 3 – East Rutherford, NJ – Giants Stadium
June 8 – Cincinnati, OH – Cynergy Field
June 10 – Buffalo, NY – Ralph Wilson Stadium
June 13 – Philadelphia, PA – Veterans Stadium
June 16 – Chicago, IL – Soldier Field
June 19 – Toronto, ON – Skydome
June 22 – Cleveland, OH – Browns Stadium
June 24 – Minneapolis, MN – Metrodome
June 26 – Milwaukee, WI – Miller Park
June 30 – Detroit, MI – Comercia Park
July 2 – St. Louis, MO – Trans World Dome
July 4 – Little Rock, AR – War Memorial Stadium
July 6 – Houston, TX – Reliant Astrodome
July 8 – Dallas, TX – Texas Stadium
July 10 – Kansas City, MO – Arrowhead Stadium
July 13 – Denver, CO – Mile High Stadium
July 16 – San Diego, CA – Qualcomm Stadium
July 18 – Scottsdale, AZ – Bank One Ballpark
July 21 – Oakland, CA – Network Associates Coliseum