Sir Rod Stewart has canceled a performance in Australia after being told he has a virus.
The 78-year-old singer-songwriter, who has had six number one hits in the UK charts, including Baby Jane and Maggie May, had been scheduled to perform at A Day On The Green at Mt Duneed Estate in Geelong on Sunday morning.
In a statement on Twitter, he stated that he is “absolutely downhearted” about disappointing fans, and that he is working hard to get back on stage as soon as possible.
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Sir Rod Stewart added: “This morning I was advised that I have a viral infection and that my throat is too irritated to enable me to sing.
It is only natural for me to get sick from time to time, just like you do, because I am only human. My greatest joy is performing for you, so I’m going to do everything I can to get on the mend and get back on stage as soon as possible.”
The American singer Cyndi Lauper, 69, and the New Zealand-Australian singer Jon Stevens, 61, were to perform alongside the British star during the concert.
It is expected that Sir Rod Stewart will perform at the AEC Arena in Adelaide on Tuesday before heading to Sydney and Mt Cotton for five more Australian dates.
Between the months of April and September, he will perform in New Zealand, Mexico, the US, Ireland, the UK, and Spain.
According to a previous statement issued by Live Nation and Roundhouse Entertainment, announcing the cancellation of the show, “We apologise to the ticket holders for any disappointment and inconvenience caused by this announcement.”.
It is expected that a further announcement will be made regarding the concert arrangements early next week.”
Last year, Sir Rod postponed his Australian tour dates due to the COVID-19 pandemic, saying he was “absolutely gutted” by the decision.
He reached number five in the UK charts with the release of his most recent album, The Tears Of Hercules, released in 2021.