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Backstreet Boys postpone summer concerts



LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) -- The Backstreet Boys Monday postponed more than a dozen concerts over the next month, while member A.J. McLean undergoes treatment for clinical depression.

The group said McLean, 23, has recently had anxiety attacks and had begun drinking heavily as a result of his depression, largely brought on by the recent death of his grandmother, with whom he was very close.

The four other members in the widely popular group -- Nick Carter, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell and Kevin Richardson -- said they wanted to be as "honest with our fans" about McLean's situation.

"A.J. is our friend and our brother, and we wholeheartedly support him during this difficult time. Fortunately, A.J. has realized he can't solve his problems by himself," the members said in a statement.

"Because he is unable to be on tour at this time, we are postponing dates and will make them up as soon as we can," the group added. "At the same time, we trust that our fans -- who've always stood by us -- will understand this decision is absolutely necessary in order for A.J. to be well. We look forward to seeing all of you on the road soon."

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McLean, nicknamed "Bone" and "A.J.," is a singer who also plays the bass guitar and piano.

The postponements went into effect immediately, beginning with Monday's show in Boston. The group is to return to the stage August 7 in Vancouver.

Tickets already purchased will be honored at the rescheduled dates. Refunds also are available.

Here are the new, rescheduled dates and shows:

Rescheduled shows:

The updated tour dates are as follows:

Tue8/7Vancouver, BCGeneral Motors Place
Thu8/9Tacoma, WATacoma Dome
Fri8/10Portland, ORRose Garden
Sat8/11Seattle, WAKey Arena
Sun8/12Bakersfield, CACentennial Garden Con. Ctr
Mon8/13San Jose, CASan Jose Arena
Thu8/16Los Angeles, CAGreat Western Forum
Sat8/18San Bernardino, CAGlen Helen Blockbuster
Mon8/20Salt Lake City, UTDelta Center
Wed8/22Denver, COPepsi Center
Fri8/24Milwaukee, WIBradley Center
Sat8/25Cincinnati, OHFirstar Center
Sun8/26St. Louis, MORiverport Amphitheatre
Mon8/27Kansas City, MOKemper Arena
Wed8/29Houston, TXCompaq Center
Thur8/30San Antonio, TXAlamodome
Fri8/31Dallas, TXAmerican Airlines Arena
Tue9/4Uniondale, NYNassau Coliseum
Thu9/6East Rutherford, NJContinental Airlines Arena

Rescheduled shows:

Fri9/7East Rutherford, NJContinental Airlines Arena
Sat9/8Boston, MAFleet Center
Sun9/9Boston, MAFleet Center
Mon9/10Boston, MAFleet Center
Wed9/12Toronto, ONTAir Canada Center
Thu9/13Toronto, ONTAir Canada Center
Fri9/14Toronto, ONTAir Canada Center
Sat9/15Kanata, ONTCorel Centre
Mon9/17Montreal, ONTMolson Center
Wed9/19Cleveland, OHGund Arena
Thu9/20Detroit, MIThe Palace
Sat9/22Chicago, ILTweeter Center
Sun9/23Minneapolis, MNTarget Center
Wed9/26Calgary, ONTSaddledome
Thu9/27Calgary, ONTSaddledome
Fri9/28Edmonton, ONTSky Reach






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