Beloved country music superstar Jimmy Buffett just released an upsetting message to his fans, saying that he will not be able to play at a concert he had scheduled for this weekend in Charleston because of medical issues and that he had been hospitalized for those medical issues, which required “immediate attention.”
He posted the statement to Twitter, captioning the picture of it with, “The Jimmy Buffett & the Coral Reefer Band concert at Credit One Stadium in Charleston scheduled for this Saturday May 20th is being rescheduled. All previously purchased tickets will be honored for the new date once announced. More information will be emailed to ticket purchasers directly.”
Then, in the statement itself, he said:
Hello my faithful fans in Charleston and beyond. These few words from Mark Twain about life changes, seemed perfect to pass on at this time. “Challenges,” he said, “make life interesting, however overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” I had a sudden change of plans this week that affected us all. Two days ago, I was just back from a trip to the Bahamas, thawing out from the California “winter tour,” and chomping at the bit to get to Charleston. I had to stop in Boston for a check-up but wound up back in the hospital to address some issues that needed immediate attention. Growing old is not for sissies, I promise you. I also will promise you, that when I am well enough to perform, that is what I’ll be doing in the land of She-Crab soup. You all make my life more meaningful and fulfilled than I would have ever imagined as a toe headed little boy sitting on the edge of the Gulf of Mexico. Thank you for your prayers and thoughts, your amazing years of loyalty, and just remember, “NOT YET!”
Buffett isn’t the only country singer to cancel a concert because of medical issues. Morgan Wallen had to recently as well, canceling both a concert minutes before he was set to perform and six weeks of following concerts because of a vocal chord issue. Reporting on that on the American Tribune, we said:
Country star Morgan Wallen, back from the brink of cancellation, recently had to cancel six weeks of shows because of “bad news” that he got from his doctor. He announced as much in a video he shared to his Instagram account on Tuesday, saying that his vocal cords are injured and that the 10 days of rest he took after performing three shows weren’t enough for them to recover.
He added, in the video, that his doctor told him not to talk at all and that he needs to take six weeks of rest from singing for the damage to his vocal cords to heal. He said that that is what the doctor told him and “So, that’s what [he is] going to do.”
Discussing what will happen with the planned, highly-anticipated concerts that he had to cancel as a result of his need to take time off from singing, he said, “We’re working on rescheduling all the dates during this time frame.” Continuing, he added, “They told me that if I do this the right way, I’ll get back to 100%.”
Explaining why he can’t just power through the pain and keep singing, Wallen added that he was told that he could permanently damage his voice if he kept singing rather than giving his vocal cords time to recover and heal.
Thanking his fans for their support despite the annoying circumstances and disappointment of canceled shows, Wallen said, “I hate it, but I love you guys. And I appreciate all the support you always give me.”
Additionally, famed singer Toby Keith had to cancel a slew of shows because of a stomach cancer diagnosis.
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