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Bad Lieutenant cancels Chicago dates

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The new supergroup led by New Order/Joy Division vet Bernard Sumner has been forced to cancel its U.S. tour dates, which include a Nov. 18 appearance at Park West and an opening slot for the Pixies at the Aragon on Nov. 19. Refunds for the Park West show are available at the point of purchase, according to promoter Jam Productions, while a new opener for the Pixies will be announced soon.

According to a statement from the band's publicist, visa problems are to blame: "The more stringent immigration laws and changing visa parameters resulted in an inability to process the necessary paperwork."

The group hopes to actually make it here in the Spring.

UPDATE: The Brooklyn duo Black Gold has been added to the Pixies' Aragon show to replace Bad Lieutenant.

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That's interesting.

The Damned had to cancel their fall US tour because of visa problems too.

That's a shame. Seems it's getting harder and harder for bands from out of the country to play here. Echo & the Bunnymen had to cancel their US tour as well - not from visa issues, but because of an IRS fee foreign bands apparently have to pay if they tour the US more than once in 30 days (they had played NYC and were coming back for more US dates).

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