ZZ Top And Ten Other Artists That Have Canceled Concerts Due To Injuries Or Illness
ZZ Top is on the marquee for the 2015 Stagecoach Music Festival (scheduled for April 24 through April 26 at the Empire Polo Club in Indo, California). Everyone’s favorite Texas blues band will take the stage on Saturday, April 25.
We won’t hold this against the festival’s organizers but ZZ Top is listed on the third line below Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley, and Justin Moore. They get a pass for what might be construed as a slight because the Stagecoach Festival is, after all, all about country music.
ZZ Top’s Stagecoach performance precedes a string of makeup dates the trio has recently announced. Late this past summer, ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill suffered a fall that seriously injured his hip. His injury prompted the cancelation of dates from August 29 to the end of the year.
Some of the dates have been rescheduled for 2015. Look for ZZ Top in Thackerville, Oklahoma on May 1; The Woodlands, Texas on May 2; Tampa, Florida on May 7; West Palm Beach, Florida on May 8; Saint Augustine, Florida on May 9; and Alpharetta, Georgia on May 10.
“We’re looking forward to getting out there and rockin’ it with Dusty in a big way…100%.” — Frank Beard and Billy Gibbons
Concerts the band was unable to reschedule include Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania from Sept. 25; West Springfield, Massachusetts from Sept. 26; Portland, Maine from Sept. 27; Fort Wayne, Indiana from Oct. 8; and Columbia, South Carolina from Oct. 15.
Canceling a concert due to an injury or aliment is nothing new. Below are ten artists that have recently jettisoned shows for medical reasons.
The Bad Boys of Boston have canceled a bunch of shows in recent years due to a myriad of ails. The worst of it occurred in 2009 during the “Aerosmith/ZZ Top Tour.” On June 26, lead singer Steven Tyler hurt his leg during a show in Wantagh, New York. The injury forced the cancelation of seven shows. Then, during an Aug. 5 performance in Sturgis, South Dakota, Tyler fell off the stage. This forced Aerosmith to abandon the rest of their jaunt (20 concerts).
Beyoncé pushed her May 15, 2013 concert in Antwerp back to May 31, 2013 due to dehydration and exhaustion. The doctor told Beyoncé she needed some rest. As soon as the concert was axed rumors circulated that the singer was preggers. She was not as she went on to perform 113 more times (the rest of her “The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour”).
An acute viral infection forced Cher to reschedule ten concerts on the second leg of her massively successful “Dressed to Kill Tour.” Cher is 68. If her health holds, her D2K trek will stretch into February of 2015.
In 2013, a labral tear of her right hip forced Lady Gaga to cancel the last 25 dates of her “Born This Way Ball” tour. The cancellation was costly as she was forced to refund more than $25 million in ticket sales. Some wonder if she terminated her excursion because of slow ticket sales. Keep in mind, that that rumor swirls every time any artist cancels a large part of a tour.
On June 10, 2014, the Pope of Mope canceled the remainder of his 2014 tour of the United States. Morrissey contracted a respiratory infection in Miami. Morrissey and his camp accused opening act, singer Kristeen Young, of being a modern day Typhoid Mary. Before the plug was pulled on the tour, Morrissey asked Young to take her box of Kleenex and go home.
Miley Cyrus scratched eight concerts in late-April of 2014 because she had an allergic reaction to an antibiotic. The antibiotic was prescribed for a sinus infection. Some people thought Miley canceled the concerts because of hard partying or a pregnancy. Earlier in the month, on April 7, she nixed a show at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte just 30 minutes before she was to take the stage—Cyrus had the flu. All of her canceled shows were re-scheduled.
A pesky virus caused Macca to cut a bunch of shows in Asia. Things got so bad for Sir Paul that he was hospitalized in Tokyo. He was supposed to bring his “Out There Tour” to the U.S. on June 14, but his sickness prevented that from happening. No worries, Paul McCartney returned to performing on July 5 and the seven concerts he missed were moved to late October.
On April 22, 2013, Pink called off her show at the LG Arena in Birmingham, England. The diva tweeted that she had an “ear and respiratory infection.” She returned to the stage two days later to perform at The O2 Arena in London.
During the final month of 2013, Selena Gomez annulled the Australian-Asian leg of her “Stars Dance Tour.” It was rumored that she was suffering from Lupus. Then in February of 2014, it was revealed that the singer (21 years old at the time) checked herself into a rehab facility. Her people confirmed the report saying she was voluntarily in the facility “but not for substance abuse.”
In 2011, Taylor Swift had to cancel a few shows of her “Speak Now Tour” because she contracted bronchitis. It was the first time in her career that she had to do such a thing and it probably won’t be the last.
By David B.