Today’s tour recap includes announcements, cancellations, postponements and more as compiled by TicketNews on October 6, 2008. Janet Jackson is axing more dates from...

Today’s tour recap includes announcements, cancellations, postponements and more as compiled by TicketNews on October 6, 2008.

Janet Jackson is axing more dates from her North American tour due to continued illness. The pop singer initially postponed a September 27 concert due to “production constraints,” but she has nixed six more shows since then, including the most recent itinerary change: postponing her October 4, 5, and 7 shows. Her next show is set for October 11 at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT, and there have been no announcements regarding whether Jackson will be recovered by that point.

Another pop diva cancelled a run of shows due to illness. Cher was forced to cancel the final weekend of shows for her 2008 run at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, NV. … If all the cancellations have got you down, Jerry Seinfeld and Ellen DeGeneres are just two of the laugh masters booked to headline this year’s three-day, multi-venue Comedy Festival, co-produced by TBS and AEG Live. … More feel-good news comes from the Feist camp. The Canadian singer, best known for her Apple commercial-featured singled “1234,” is giving back to the communities on her Canadian tour and also announced donations to several world charities. … Keller Williams will also be on the road this fall, doing a series of solo shows before joining with his recently formed backing band, comprised of Keith Moseley, Gibb Droll and Jeff Sipe.

Those are today’s top stories. For more concert news, check out the additional tour announcements and updates in brief:

The Marshall Tucker Band are continuing their run with Dickey Betts with a performance on October 8 at the Capital One Bank Theater in Westbury, NY. The band’s tour itinerary continues October 10 at Marshall Civic Center in Marshall, TX, and continues through November 20 at Jackson Rancheria Casino Hotel in Jackson, CA. However, following a New Year’s Eve show at The Coach House in San Juan Capistrano, CA, the band has a few more dates set for 2009. So far, next year’s itinerary is set to begin with a January 7 gig at Largo Cultural Center in Largo, FL, and continue through a May 24 show at Lake Martin Amphitheatre in Alexander City, AL. Other highlights include a January 30 show at Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ, and a January 31 gig at B. B. King’s Blues Club in New York, NY.

Jack’s Mannequin is hitting the road next week for a 25-date tour of North America. The trek begins October 14 at The Loft in Atlanta, GA, and continued through a November 21-22 set at the Blender Theatre at Gramercy in New York, NY. Other highlights include an October 27-28 run at Troubadour in West Hollywood, CA, followed by a Halloween show at the House of Blues in San Diego, CA, a November 9 gig at The Bottom Lounge in Chicago, IL, and a November 17 show at the Paradise Rock Club in Boston, MA. Canadian shows are set for November 13 at the Opera House in Toronto, ON, and November 14 at Le National in Montreal, QC.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy has a few late fall concerts coming up before beginning a block of performances that runs from December through 2009. The next show is set for October 16 at the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center in Shippensburg, PA, with three more shows trailing in October and November. The December set kicks off December 3 at the Stiefel Theatre in Salina, KS, and continues through the band’s New Year’s Eve show at Northern Quest Casino in Airway Heights, WA. Along the way, the swing group will perform a December 12-14 run at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT, and a December 26-27 set at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe in Stateline, NV. New 2009 shows begin with a January 9 show at the Inter-Media Art Center in Huntington, NY, and continue through May.

In Flames is preparing to launch a 28-date North American tour in support of “A Sense of Purpose,” the Swedish metal band’s newest album. The trek kicks off November 6 at Metropolis in Montreal, QC, and continues through December 10 at The Rave in Milwaukee, WI. U.S. highlights include a November 10 show at the House of Blues in Chicago, IL, a November 22 gig at the newly opened Club Nokia in Los Angeles, CA, and a December 7 performance at Terminal 5 in New York, NY. In addition to the opening night, there are four other shows set for Canada: November 7 at Sound Academy in Toronto, ON, November 14 at MacEwan Hall Ballroom in Calgary, AB, November 15 at Edmonton Events Centre in Edmonton, AB, and November 17 at Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, BC.

Silverstein will be kicking off cho-headlining tour with Chiodos in a few days. The 32-date run is slated to begin on October 10 at the Fillmore in Detroit, MI, and continues through a November 15 performance at Sound Academy in Toronto, ON. Highlights include an October 23 show at The Wiltern in Los Angeles, CA, a Halloween concert at House of Blues in New Orleans, LA, and a November 7 gig at Roseland BallrooM in New York, NY. Escape the Fate and two other bands will open during the tour.