BREAKING: Bonnie Raitt Postpones Several Concerts Due To Sudden ‘Medical Situation’
Bonnie Raitt, 73, has been forced to reschedule and or cancel several upcoming tour dates due to a “medical situation”…
Bonnie Raitt; Photo Courtesy of Stewart Cook/CBS
Bonnie Raitt, 73, has been forced to reschedule and or cancel several upcoming tour dates due to a “medical situation” that requires the “I Can’t Make You Love Me” singer to undergo surgery.
In a statement shared to the 13-time GRAMMY winner’s official social media accounts, it was revealed that Raitt must pause her touring schedule to allow time for her recovery.
“Bonnie has a medical situation that requires surgery to address. The doctors say that in order for her to heal properly, they recommend she not perform for a couple of weeks,” the statement reads. “Unfortunately, this overlaps our five tour dates in May, and we are very sorry to have to cancel our performance at @brandicarlilesmothershipwkd on May 14th and postpone our shows in Athens, Louisville, Indianapolis and Pittsburgh.”
See The Statement
Raitt’s team shared an apology to fans for the “delay and inconvenience.”
“It’s always upsetting to have to disappoint her fans, band, crew and our promoters, but sometimes unforeseen things just happen,” they acknowledged.
They added, “Thankfully, Bonnie’s in great hands. She was so looking forward to these shows, but we’re excited to be able to resume our 2023 tour, now kicking off in Dublin, Ireland, June 1st.”
Before confirming the rescheduled dates, Raitt’s team graciously thanked fans for their “well wishes and understanding.”
“We very much appreciate your respecting her request for privacy at this healing time,” the statement concluded. “Please hold onto your tickets; they will be valid for the rescheduled show date and additional information will be coming from your point of purchase.”
RESCHEDULED TOUR DATES
Athens, GA – rescheduled date TBD 2024
Louisville, KY – rescheduled for June 30, 2023
Indianapolis, IN – rescheduled for July 1, 2023
Pittsburgh, PA – rescheduled date TBD 2024
Fans and fellow artists rallied around Raitt, sharing well wishes in the comments section of her post.
“Get well soon Bonnie,” Brandi Carlile commented. “We all absolutely ADORE you. Everyone is glad that you’re taking care of yourself and not pushing it.”
The unfortunate news comes two months after Bonnie Raitt took home three trophies at the 65th Annual GRAMMY Awards.
Raitt turned heads when she won Song Of The Year for her single, “Just Like That.” The song beat out tracks from artists such as Lizzo, Taylor Swift, Harry Styles, and Beyonce.
The California native was left nearly speechless when she took to the stage to accept the honor.
“Oh, my gosh. Oh, I’m so surprised. I don’t know what to say. This is just an unreal moment. Thank you for honoring me, to all the academy that surrounds me with so much support and appreciates the art of songwriting as I do,” she said. “I was so inspired for this song by the incredible story of the love and the grace and the generosity of someone that donates their beloved’s organs to help another person live, and the story was so simple and so beautiful for these times.”
She went on to give a shoutout to the great, late John Prine and other songwriters.
“And people have been responding to the song partly because of how much I love and we all love John Prine, and that was the inspiration for the music for this song and telling a story from the inside. … I don’t write a lot of songs, but I’m so proud that you appreciate this one and what this means for me and for the rest of the songwriters…I would not be up here tonight if it wasn’t for the art of the great, soul-digging, hard-working people that put these songs and ideas to music. So I thank my team for helping me get this record out. And thank you so much. I’m just totally humbled. I really appreciate it. Thank you.”
Bonnie Raitt is scheduled to return to the road on June 1 in Dublin, Ireland.
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