Sir Rod Stewart has updated fans on his condition after a sudden illness forced him to cancel a show in Australia.
Earlier today, the 78-year-old announced that he was unable to play his scheduled show in Geelong, Australia, as part of his A Day On The Green tour supported by Cyndi Lauper and Jon Stevens.
In a follow-up Instagram post, Sir Rod has now revealed that a viral infection has left him unable to sing.
“Hello my friends,” he wrote on Instagram. “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.
“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 get back on stage.”
Fans rushed to offer support to Stewart, and some revealed the hitmaker was struggling to sing earlier this week.
“You could see he struggled on Tuesday night towards the end but still brilliant concert,” one fan commented.
Another added: “Take it easy Rod! We totally understand! We all want you to be well and at your best very soon.”
“You’re in our hearts, you’re in ours souls. Get well soon! Bless you,” a third wrote.
Earlier today, Sir Rod shared his bad news just six hours before he was due to appear on stage.
“Live Nation and Roundhouse Entertainment regret to announce that tonight’s performance by Rod Stewart, Cyndi Lauper and Jon Stevens at Mt. Duneed Estate, Geelong will not go ahead due to illness,” the statement read.
“We apologize for the disappointment and inconvenience for ticket holders. A further announcement regarding the concert arrangements will be made early next week.”
The statement was posted with a broken heart emoji.
It is currently unclear how the mystery illness will affect the rest of the tour as Sir Rod is booked to play in Adelaide on Tuesday.
Earlier this month, Sir Rod vowed not to retire from performing as it’s “what the good Lord put me on this earth to do” but said he wants to do less shows.
“I wouldn’t be doing it if I didn’t love it,” he told New Zealand radio network Newstalk ZB.
“But I want a new challenge. I’m not retiring though. If there’s a charity show and I have to sing Maggie May and Do Ya Think I’m Sexy? I’ll do it tomorrow.”
He said he was preparing to tour New Zealand in April– and revealed he takes four suitcases of clothes on the road.
He said: “I’ve always been a bit of a show-off when it comes to clothes. I’ve always thought it to be an extension of your personality.”
The packing has already begun, he said, adding: “A lot of it has already gone with the amps and the guitars.”
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