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March 29, 2011

Update: Britney Spears to perform at Verizon Center; Enrique Iglesias pulls out of tour

Britney Spears announced this morning a 26-city tour where she would be joined by Enrique Iglesias.

But hours later, it is being reported Iglesias has decided to scrap the joint trek.

The tour would have had them perform July 31 at the Verizon Center in Washington. Spears is still scheduled to perform that day, according to the venue.

Spears made the tour announcement today on Good Morning America. It will be her first tour since the successful Circus tour in 2009, when she also performed at Verizon.

The news was also especially notable because Iglesias, a top-shelf draw on his own, would open for her.

But after the GMA appearance, Billboard.biz reported, citing inside sources, Iglesias had decided to pull out of the tour.

The singer would have had a full production of his own instead of being a standard opener, a double bill that would have been too expensive to produce, reporter Ray Waddell wrote.

The report has not yet been confirmed by Live Nation, the tour's promoter, or Iglesias' camp. He is on an European tour until early June.

The Verizon Center doesn't have Iglesias' name on its online listing.

Update: Spokeswoman Sheila Francis has confirmed Iglesias has pulled out of the tour. She did not elaborate on the development beyond saying, "Our show information was given to us this morning from Live Nation and it only listed the tour as being Britney Spears."

Live Nation has not yet responded to requests for comment.

Spears released her seventh album, "Femme Fatale," today.  Tickets for the show, starting at $29, will go on sale April 16.

Photo: Spears on the Circus tour (handout photo)

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Posted by Erik Maza at 2:58 PM | | Comments (3)
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Hey Enrique, pulling out doesn't guarantee anything... just ask Britney.

doh soon after I compliment Midnight Sun for posting an actual bar review the day becomes tainted by Britney Spears news.

Oh well it was a nice 7-8 hour run

Enrique is an amazing vocalist and performer (not to mention gorgeous). IMHO, he is too good to open for her. Brit needs an up-and-coming pop group to open for her, someone who would compliment her style of music better…

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About Erik Maza
Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at erik.maza@baltsun.com. Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

Midnight Sun covers Baltimore music, live entertainment, and nightlife news. On the blog, you'll find, among other things, concert announcements, breaking news, bars closings and openings, up-to-date coverage of crime in nightlife, new music, round-the-clock coverage of Virgin Mobile FreeFest, handy guides on bars staying open past 2 a.m. on New Year's Eve and those that carry Natty Boh on draft. Recurring features include seven-day nightlife guides, Concert News, guest reviews of bars and concerts, Wednesday Corkboard, and photo galleries, as well as reader-submitted photos. Thanks for reading.
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