Bonnie Raitt Cancels Tour Dates Due to Health Issue

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Bonnie Raitt announced today (April 30) that due to an unexpected medical situation that requires immediate attention, she has had to cancel her involvement in the first part of James Taylor’s 2018 tour.

Raitt’s Facebook page posted the following at 11 a.m. Eastern time:

“We are extremely sorry to announce that Bonnie Raitt will need to miss the first leg of her tour with James Taylor due to a medical situation. Following her annual physical, it was determined she needs to schedule some surgery soon. The prognosis is good and a full recovery is expected.”

“I’m deeply sorry to have to disappoint my fans, James and colleagues with these cancellations,” said Raitt in a statement. “I was so looking forward to our tour, but I’m very grateful that the doctors feel this can be taken care of with surgery. I’m feeling strong and am in great hands with my wonderful team. I fully expect to return for the second leg of the U.S. tour in June followed by our European tour in July.

“Thank you all for your concern and understanding that the best gift you could give me is respecting my wish for privacy and giving me space to heal. Can’t wait to see you all back on the road again soon!”

Watch the pair perform a favorite together in 2017

Taylor posted a note on his website. “This summer was to be Bonnie’s and my second summer touring together. We wanted to do it again because it was such good fun the first time, we didn’t want it to end. We are so looking forward to having her rejoin the tour in mid-June. Of course, there is no question as to the priority of your health, Bonnie. You will be constantly in our hearts and minds until we see you in June.”

The singer-songwriting pair played to sold-out crowds last summer.

The first leg of the 2018 tour, which is scheduled to kick off in Jacksonville, FL on May 8, will now be an “Evening with James Taylor & His All-Star Band,” featuring two sets with a brief intermission.

Taylor announced that Sheryl Crow is scheduled to join him as a special guest in Phoenix, AZ on May 29 and for two nights at the Hollywood Bowl on May 31 and June 1.

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Taylor and his band also have two dates at Tanglewood in Lenox, Mass. on July 3-4. Tickets for the two performances are available here.

Taylor, who turned 70 on March 11, is also opening for the Eagles for two shows: July 26 at Nationals Park in Washington, DC and July 28 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, PA.

They’re also on the bill for two of Paul Simon’s farewell performances, in Dublin and London.

Tickets for Taylor’s 2018 tour are available here and here.

May 08 – Jacksonville, FL – Veterans Memorial Arena
May 09 – Orlando, FL – Amway Center
May 11 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – BB&T Center
May 12 – Tampa, FL – Amalie Arena
May 15 – Charleston, SC – North Charleston Coliseum
May 16 – Charlotte, NC – Spectrum Center*
May 18 – Greensboro, NC – Greensboro Coliseum
May 19 – Greenville, SC – Bon Secour Wellness Arena
May 21 – St. Louis, MO – Scottrade Center
May 22 – Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center
May 24 – Wichita, KS – InTrust Bank Arena
May 25 – Oklahoma City, OK – Chesapeake Energy Arena
May 27 – Denver, CO – Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
May 29 – Phoenix, AZ – Talking Stick Resort Arena (with Sheryl Crow)
May 31 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl (with Sheryl Crow)
Jun 01 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl (with Sheryl Crow)
Jun 03 – Sacramento, CA – Golden 1 Center
Jun 05 – Portland, OR – Moda Center
Jun 06 – Seattle, WA – KeyArena*
Jun 22 – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
Jun 23 – Green Bay, WI – Resch Center
Jun 25 – Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena
Jun 26 – Indianpolis, IN – Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Jun 28 – Milwaukee, WI – American Family Insurance Amphitheater
Jun 30 – Columbus, OH – Scottenstein Center
Jul 01 – Buffalo, NY – KeyBank Center
Jul 03 – Lenox, MA – Tanglewood
Jul 04 – Lenox, MA – Tanglewood
Jul 09 – Manchester, U.K. – Manchester Arena
Jul 10 – Glasgow, U.K. – SSE Hydro Arena
Jul 12 – Leeds, U.K. – First Direct Arena
Jul 13 – Dublin, Ireland – RDS Arena (with Paul Simon, Raitt)
Jul 15 – London, England – Hyde Park (with Paul Simon, Raitt)
Jul 17 – Cardiff, Wales, U.K. – Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
Jul 20 – Lucca, Italy – Lucca Piazza Napoleone
Jul 22 – Pompei, Italy – Anfiteatro Scavi
Jul 23 – Rome, Italy – Roma Terme di Caracalla
Jul 26 – Washington, DC – Nationals Park (with Eagles)
Jul 28 – Philadelphia, PA – Citizens Bank Park (with Eagles)

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