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Lionel Richie Out Of Boston July 4 Concert

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A change in the musical lineup for the July 4 festivities on the Charles River Esplanade in Boston.

Singer Lionel Richie has canceled his appearance with the Boston Pops and will be replaced by country music star Martina McBride.

WBZ reported that Richie released a statement on Friday saying he has strained vocal chords and has been told by his doctors not to perform.

The annual July 4 Pops concert and fireworks spectacular usually draws about half a million people to the Esplanade.

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