Changes: Garth Brooks, Muse, Chris Young, Merle Haggard

Garth Brooks adds two nights/three shows in North Charleston … Citing “logistical and technical challenges,” Muse reschedules its Las Vegas and San Diego gigs to January … Illness forces Chris Young to move three shows to January … Ditto for Merle Haggard as the country star postpones four shows.

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Legacy Arena At The BJCC, Birmingham, Ala.

This morning’s onsale in North Charleston, S.C. was everything Garth Brooks could wish for. The country music star and his wife Trisha Yearwood had originally planned on one  Feb. 13 show in that city but fan demand resulted in the additions of a 10:30 gig for that evening as well as a  Feb. 12 7 p.m. show and a Feb. 14 7:30 p.m. performance.

Brooks’ people say the country superstar broke his own North Charleston record by selling 35,850 tickets in one hour and 11 minutes.  His previous North Charleston record was set in 1997 when he sold 35,384 tickets.

Tickets were still available at post time.  Visit for more details.

Production issues have forced Muse to move two shows on its “Drones Tour” to January. An email issued by AEG Live states that “Due to unforeseen logistical and technical challenges with setting up this huge show, moving arena scoreboards in order to play in the round and the difficulty encountered moving the production between back to back shows with long journeys in between” the Dec. 6 concert planned for the Mandalay Bay Events Center has been rescheduled for Jan. 9 and the Dec. 16 gig in San Diego at the Valley View Casino Center has been moved to Jan. 7.

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Webster Hall, New York City

“We sincerely and deeply apologize for any and all inconveniences that our postponement may have caused,” Muse said in a statement.  “While we are keenly aware of the problems of a postponement we are equally certain that when you see the Drones Tour  you will agree that it was worth waiting for.  We cannot wait to play for you.”

Tickets originally purchased for the originally scheduled December shows will be honored on the new dates. Refunds available at points of purchase.

Strep Throat is the villain in Chris Young’s life this week.  The country artist posted a message to fans on Facebook saying he’s moving three December shows planned for this week to January.

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Abraham Chavez Theatre, El Paso, TX

That means Dec. 3 at AMSOIL Arena in Duluth, Minn., is now scheduled for Jan. 9; Dec. 4 at Taylor Arena in Rochester, Minn., moved to Jan. 8 and Dec. 5 at Resch Center in Green Bay, Wis., will now take place Jan. 7. Opening acts Eric Paslay and Clare Dunn will appear on the rescheduled gigs.

“I never want to disappoint you guys but I don’t have a choice due to strep throat,” Young said in a statement. “I’m looking forward to the rescheduled shows, and I can promise you we’ll have a big night when I’m back in January!”

Tickets sold for the original dates will be honored on the new nights.  Refunds available at points of purchase.

Illness is also the culprit blamed for putting Merle Haggard in the hospital and forcing postponements for four dates scheduled this week.

A post on the country music legend’s Facebook page said Haggard had to be hospitalized for pneumonia and that he hopes to resume his touring next week in Las Vegas.

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Willie Nelson’s Fourth of July Picnic at Austin360 Amphitheater in Austin, Texas

Meanwhile four shows are being rescheduled – Dec. 2 in Palm Desert, Calif., Dec. 3 in Riverside, Calif., Dec. 4 in Oakland, Calif., and Dec. 5 in Wendover, Nev.  New dates have not yet been announced.