Pop country star Bonnie Raitt announced that she won’t be joining James Taylor & His All Star Band for the first portion of a previously announced tour. They were to play the BB&T Center in Sunrise on May 11.
It seems Raitt, 68, is dealing with some medical issues and requires immediate surgery, according to a release, which adds that her unknown ailment was detected during her annual physical.
“The prognosis is good and a full recovery is expected.”
Raitt apologized for letting people down.
“I’m deeply sorry to have to disappoint my fans, James and colleagues with these cancellations. I was so looking forward to our tour, but I’m very grateful that the doctors feel this can be taken care of with surgery,” she said. “I’m feeling strong and am in great hands with my wonderful team.”
Some fans responded on Twitter.
“I saw Bonnie raitt trending and it almost gave me a heart attack,” wrote @gothicblackchic.
Chimed in @DeepRiverTM1996: “Please God. Don’t let anything happen to @bonnieraitt.”
Comedian Paula Poundstone tweeted: “Oh, no, I love you Bonnie Raitt. Take deep breaths, and drink lots of water.”
Raitt added that she expects to return to the second leg of the U.S. tour in June followed by a European tour the following month.
“Thank you all for your concern and understanding that the best gift you could give me is respecting my wish for privacy and giving me space to heal. Can’t wait to see you all back on the road again soon!”
Taylor, 70, also expressed his disappointment.
“This summer was to be Bonnie’s and my second summer touring together. We wanted to do it again because it was such good fun the first time, we didn’t want it to end,” said the “You’ve Got a Friend” singer. “Of course, there is no question as to the priority of your health, Bonnie. You will be constantly in our hearts and minds until we see you in June.”
The first leg of the tour, which is scheduled to kick off at the Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, on May 8, will now be an “Evening with James Taylor & His All-Star Band,” featuring two sets with a brief intermission.
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