Singing legend Aretha Franklin, 75, known for hits Respect and Natural Woman cancels concerts due to doctor's orders
Aretha Franklin is canceling two upcoming concerts on doctor's orders.
The Queen of Soul's management team says in a statement Friday that Franklin will not perform March 25 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, New Jersey. That show would have taken place on her 76th birthday.
Franklin also won't appear April 28 at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Organizers say Rod Stewart will perform as the headliner instead.
She needs to slow down: Aretha Franklin, 75, cancels concerts due to doctor's orders; seen in November
Tough times: The Queen of Soul's management team says in a statement Friday that Franklin will not perform March 25 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, New Jersey. That show would have taken place on her 76th birthday
The statement says the singer has been ordered by her doctor to stay off the road and rest completely for at least the next two months.
It adds that Franklin is 'extremely disappointed she cannot perform as she had expected and hoped to.'
Last year, Franklin announced her plans to retire, saying she would perform at 'some select things.'
She loves to croon: Franklin in concert at The Mann Center, Philadelphia, in August
In November there was a hoax sent around on the Internet that she had died.
And the singer felt she had to respond.
'I'm doing well generally, all tests have come back good,' the star told Us Weekly.
'I've lost a lot of weight due to side effects of medicine, it affects your weight. Thanxxxx for your concern.'
In 2011 she denied she had pancreatic cancer.
'I don't know where pancreatic cancer came from,' she told Access Hollywood.
'I was sitting there reading the newspaper and it was saying someone in my family said that. No one in my family ever said that to anybody.'
No go: Franklin also won't appear April 28 at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Organizers say Rod Stewart will perform as the headliner instead; seen in June
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