Aretha Franklin Cancels Two Shows In The US Over Health Concerns

Aretha Franklin has canceled two shows in the US due to health concerns.

The 71-year-old singer was scheduled to perform in Chicago and Connecticut later this month. However, Franklin will be receiving treatment for an unspecified illness during these dates and cannot attend the shows.

Aretha Franklin was originally slated to perform with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on May 20 and at the Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Connecticut on May 26. Janelle Monae will step in for the legendary singer for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Corporate Night fundraiser. It’s unclear if the Foxwoods performance will be rescheduled.

The unfortunate news about the singer’s scheduled performances was released on her official Facebook page. Many of Franklin’s followers were understandably disappointed by the news, but they were quick to send well-wishes her way.

There’s currently no information about the health issues which forced Franklin to bow out of the shows scheduled for the end of May. Although several news organizations have reached out for comment, the singer’s publicist has remained tight-lipped about Franklin’s condition.

According to The Associated Press, Aretha Franklin is currently working on a new album. The singer revealed that Clive Davis is helping out with the project. Baybface and Danger Mouse are reportedly in talks to produce the new collection of tunes.

“It should be good. As long as it’s good music. I love all music. It’s got to be constructed properly,” she explained.

This isn’t the first time Aretha Franklin has been forced to cancel a handful of performances due to an illness. The singer underwent surgery in late 2010. The circumstances surrounding the procedure were not made public at the time. However, Franklin said the surgery was “highly successful.”

“I had superb doctors and nurses whom were blessed by all the prayers of the city and the country,” said in a statement at the time.

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