Sir Rod Stewart has cancelled a performance in Australia after being told he has a “viral infection”.
The 78-year-old singer-songwriter, who has had six No 1 hits in the UK charts including Baby Jane and Maggie May, was due to sing at the festival A Day on the Green in Mt Duneed Estate, Geelong.
He posted a statement on Twitter that said he was “absolutely downhearted” to be “disappointing” fans and was working hard to return to the stage.
He added: “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 back on stage.”
The US musician Cyndi Lauper, 69, and New Zealand singer John Stevens, 61, were to appear alongside the British star.
Stewart is next due to perform at the AEC Arena in Adelaide on Tuesday before doing five more Australian dates, which include stops in Mt Cotton and Sydney.
He will then perform in New Zealand, Mexico, the US, Ireland, the UK and Spain between April and September.
A previous statement, cancelling the show, by Live Nation and Roundhouse Entertainment read: “We apologise for the disappointment and inconvenience to ticket holders.
“A further announcement regarding the concert arrangements will be made early next week.”
Stewart cancelled Australian tour dates last year due to Covid-19.
His latest album, The Tears of Hercules, released in 2021, reached No 5 in the UK charts.