Due to an ongoing health concern, British rocker Rod Stewart was forced to cancel a March 18 show. The bestselling singer came to Instagram to apologize to his followers for the last-minute change and explain why he chose not to perform. Further information about his health and recovery can be found here.
What Happened To Rod Stewart?
Rod was scheduled to appear at A Day on the Green with Cyndi Lauper and Jon Stevens at Mt. Duneed Estate in Geelong, Australia. The show at the iconic outdoor venue was just one of Rod’s Australian tour dates that fans were looking forward to this month.
Only hours before he was scheduled to play, news leaked that the Grammy winner was postponing the weekend stop on The Hits tour.
“Hello, my friends,” a statement on his Instagram page began. “I’m absolutely downhearted that I’m disappointing my fans who bought tickets to A Day on the Green. Late this morning, I was advised that I have a viral infection and my throat is too irritated to sing.”
The statement continued: “I’m only human and sometimes get sick just like you do. My greatest joy is performing for you, so I’m doing everything I can to get on the mend and back on stage.”
In a March 19 Instagram Story, Rod assured his fans that the rest of his tour dates would go on as planned after a “minor setback” due to “strep throat.” He concluded the clip by saying he is “fine now” and “looking forward” to future performances.
The “Maggie May” crooner is expected to take the stage again at AEC Arena in Adelaide on Tuesday, March 21. He has yet to announce whether he will be returning to Geelong to reschedule A Day on the Green.
Rod will perform numerous gigs in New Zealand in April following his Australian tour dates before flying to Mexico, Las Vegas, Ireland, and Spain. He’ll wrap up his tour in the United States in early September.
Last year, the renowned composer postponed many tour dates between March and April 2022 owing to an “ongoing increase of COVID in Australia and the reimposition of entertainment venue capacity limits in numerous states,” according to a statement issued by Live Nation at the time.
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Inside Rod Stewart’s Health Battle
Rod was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2000 after physicians discovered a tumor in his thyroid gland. He had surgery to remove cancer the next day. Rod lost his voice after the procedure, which he feared would have an influence on his future career.
“I don’t want to act like I fought cancer for months on end. It was incredibly easy to get rid of, but I did lose my voice – completely gone,” he stated on Loose Women in November 2021. “It was terrifying since I couldn’t sing a note.”
The “Sailing” singer was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2016 after working hard to regain his voice. He battled cancer in secret for three years before declaring himself cancer-free in 2019.
“No one knows this, but I thought this was about time I told everybody,” the dad of eight told the crowd at a fundraiser event in September 2019. “I’m in the clear, now, simply because I caught it early. I have so many tests.”
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