Is Rod Stewart ill? Latest health updates

SIR Rod Stewart has had to cancel his upcoming Geelong concert due to illness.

The 78-year-old singer was scheduled to join American singer Cyndi Lauper and Australian Jon Stevens in Australia.

Sir Rod Stewart took his The Hits tour across Australia this monthPhoto credit: Getty

Is Rod Stewart sick?

Sir Rod Stewart broke the bad news on Instagram on Saturday.

He shared a heartbroken emoji alongside a statement from the promoters of his Australian shows, explaining they were being canceled due to “illness”.

Taking to social media, the music legend later wrote: “I am absolutely devastated that I am disappointing my fans who bought tickets for A Day On The Green.

“This morning I was told I have a viral infection and my throat is too sore to sing.

“I’m only human and sometimes I get sick like you. My greatest joy is performing for you, so I’ll do whatever it takes to get well and get back on stage.”

An earlier announcement to disappointed fans read: “Live Nation and Roundhouse Entertainment regret to announce that tonight’s performance of Rod Stewart, Cyndi Lauper and Jon Stevens at Mt Duneed Estate, Geelong, will be canceled due to illness.

“We apologize for the disappointment and inconvenience to ticket holders.

“Another announcement regarding the concert arrangements will be made early next week.”

When was Rod Stewart diagnosed with cancer?

In 2019, Rod Stewart announced he had beaten prostate cancer after a secret three-year battle.

He was diagnosed in 2016 after attending a routine appointment.

Back then, the Maggie May singer – married to Penny Lancaster – only told her nearest and dearest.

The legendary rocker later opened up about his struggle at a fundraiser alongside former Faces bandmates Kenney Jones and Ronnie Wood.

According to the Mirror, he told the audience he had previously warned Ms Penny Lancaster that he would use the event to “come out”.

He said his wife replied, “Tonight would be a nice night to get out of the closet.”

The rocker told the crowd: “No, it’s not what you think it is. I was diagnosed with prostate cancer two years ago.”

He continued, “No one knows, but I thought it was time to tell everyone. I’m in the clear now simply because I realized it early on. I have so many tests.

“You guys really need to see a doctor.”

The charity event raised money for the Prostate Project and the European Tour Foundation and was held at the Wentworth Club in Surrey.


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