Brightman postponing 2013 tour

British singer Sarah Brightman smiles during an interview in Moscow October 10, 2012. Brightman...

British singer Sarah Brightman smiles during an interview in Moscow October 10, 2012. Brightman announced on Wednesday she had bought a seat to fly on a Russian spaceship, describing the journey as a chance to fulfil a childhood desire "beyond her wildest dreams." (REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin)

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Classical singer Sarah Brightman has postponed her 2013 tour of North America.

The British star, who was once married to theatre impresario Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, had planned to release her new album Dreamchaser in January before heading out on a string of live dates, but she has now had to delay the project's global release until April.

As a result, she has pushed back her planned concerts until the autumn.

A statement released by Brightman reads: "Whilst I regret any inconvenience that this rescheduling might have occasioned for those people who have already bought tickets, the restructuring of my worldwide album release plan made it inevitable. Clearly a concert is always more enjoyable if there is familiarity with the music being performed and given how important this new Dreamchaser album is to me, I am keen for those attending my shows to hear it prior to the performance. I'm delighted with the new album and very excited about the show that I'll be presenting in 2013."

Among the rescheduled shows is a date at New York's prestigious Radio City Music Hall on Feb. 8. That gig will now take place on Sept. 21.


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