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Aretha Franklin Withdraws From Tony Bennett Birthday Show

by on August 24, 2016

in News

Aretha Franklin has pulled out of performing at Tony Bennett’s upcoming birthday concert to get some rest.

Aretha Franklin was set to take the stage at New York’s Radio City Music Hall on September 15, alongside the likes of Elton John, Billy Joel, Lady Gaga, and Stevie Wonder. The event is taping of the TV special, titled Tony Bennett Celebrates 90: The Best Is Yet to Come. Aretha has been forced to sit out the big party.

Aretha broke the news to fans on Monday, revealing she is also scrapping a handful of other live gigs.

“Due to doctors’ orders, I will have to cancel a few concerts for the next month or so,” she announced in a statement obtained by The Associated Press.

She did not elaborate on why she’s feeling ill, but she is expected to return to the road in November.

Aretha’s affected shows include a Virginia concert at the Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts on August 26 and a solo date in the Big Apple on September 23.

Franklin also pulled the plug on a pair of shows in Florida in March due to a “lack of band personnel”. Last summer, she postponed a planned appearance at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas due to exhaustion. In October, she axed two gigs in Oklahoma, amid fears she would not be able to cope with the gruelling travel schedule.

At the time, she said, “After such a long, 4,200-mile drive to the West Coast in July, I’m not prepared to drive as far west so soon again. I am so sorry to have to disappoint my fans there, but I will reschedule.”

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