Pop Goes The News — There are new concerns about the health of jazz vocalist Bobby McFerrin after he cancelled a Vancouver concert scheduled for next April due to health issues.
The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at UBC announced Tuesday it had to pull the plug on the Grammy winner’s April 29, 2017 show “due to artist health reasons.”
It quoted a statement from McFerrin’s rep: “He is working with specialists to evaluate, understand and address his symptoms, which include vocal weakness and chronic fatigue. We deeply regret the necessity of canceling upcoming engagements.”
The statement is identical to one issued by his reps earlier this year when the performer cancelled his 2016 tour.
“We hope to reschedule as soon as Bobby’s health allows and return to the business and pleasure of making music,” the March 2016 statement added.
There have been no new posts on his verified Twitter account since March.
The “gigs” page of McFerrin’s official website lists only Circlesongs in Rhinebeck, New York from Aug. 19 to 26. “Join Bobby … for a week-long workshop at The Omega Institute,” it reads.
But, the Omega Institute said in a statement: “Bobby McFerrin can’t be with us this summer.”
The 66-year-old — widely known for his 1988 smash hit “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” — has not publicly disclosed the nature of his illness. Vocal weakness and chronic fatigue are symptoms of a long list of ailments and diseases.
McFerrin also had concerts scheduled next spring in Kansas and France.
The Chan Centre said the concert will not be rescheduled and refunds will be provided. “We apologize for any inconvenience and on behalf of all Vancouver fans send our very best to beloved vocalist Bobby McFerrin for a speedy recovery.”