Aretha Franklin is expected to resume her string of concerts in November after canceling a number upcoming shows to rest.
“Due to doctors’ orders I will have to cancel a few concerts for the next month or so,” Franklin said in a statement to the Associated Press on Monday, Aug. 22.
The Queen of Soul has called off at least five concerts, including her Aug. 26 performance at the Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts in Vienna, Va. She also canceled two shows at New York City's Radio City Music Hall: the “Tony Bennett Celebrates 90” concert on Sept. 15 and her solo gig on Sept. 23. Radio.com noted that her concerts in Detroit and St. Louis in October were also canceled.
The “Natural Woman” hitmaker said she should be hitting the road again in November, starting with her concert in Welch, Minn. on Nov. 11.
This isn’t the first time Franklin has canceled shows this year. Billboard reported that the songstress was forced to call off two of her concerts in Florida this past March “due to lack of band personnel.”
In October last year, Franklin also canceled shows in Oklahoma . As for the reason of the cancellation, the 74-year-old songstress said in a statement: “After such a long, 4,200-mile drive to the West Coast in July, I'm not prepared to drive as far west so soon again. I am so sorry to have to disappoint my fans there, but I will reschedule.”
Franklin released her latest album “Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics” in October 2014. It is her first recording for RCA Records and also her first studio album under a major record label in 11 years since the release of her 2003 studio album, “So Damn Happy.” It’s unknown whether a new album is in the works.