SIR Rod Stewart has been forced to cancel his upcoming Geelong concert due to illness.
The 78-year-old singer was scheduled to take to the stage in Australia alongside American singer Cyndi Lauper and Aussie Jon Stevens.
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Is Rod Stewart ill?
Sir Rod Stewart broke the bad news on Instagram on Saturday.
He shared a broken-heart emoji along with a statement from the promoters of his Australian shows, explaining it was being cancelled due to “illness”.
Taking to social media, the music legend later wrote: ”I’m absolutely downhearted that I’m disappointing my fans who bought tickets to A Day On The Green.
“Late this morning I was advised that I have a viral infection and my throat is too irritated to sing.
“I’m only human and sometimes get sick like you do. My greatest joy is performing for you, so I’m doing everything I can to get on the mend and back on stage.”
An earlier announcement to disappointed fans read: “Live Nation and Roundhouse Entertainment regret to announce that tonight’s performance by Rod Stewart, Cyndi Lauper and Jon Stevens at Mt. Duneed Estate, Geelong will not go ahead due to illness.
”We apologise for the disappointment and inconvenience for ticket holders.
“A further announcement regarding the concert arrangements will be made early next week.”
When was Rod Stewart diagnosed with cancer?
In 2019, Rod Stewart revealed he had beaten prostate cancer after a secret three year battle.
He was diagnosed in 2016 after attending a routine appointment.
At the time, the Maggie May singer — wed to Penny Lancaster — only told his nearest and dearest.
The legendary rocker later opened up about his battle at a fundraiser event alongside former Faces bandmates Kenney Jones and Ronnie Wood.
According to the Mirror, he told the audience that he had warned wife Penny Lancaster beforehand that he was going to use the event to “come out”.
He said his wife replied: “Tonight would be a nice night to come out of the closet.”
The rocker told the crowd: ”No, it’s not what you think. Two years ago I was diagnosed with prostate cancer.”
He continued: ”No one knows this, but I thought this was about time I told everybody. I’m in the clear, now, simply because I caught it early. I have so many tests.
“Guys, you’ve got to really go to the doctor.”
The charity event raised money for the Prostate Project and European Tour Foundation and was held at the Wentworth Club in Surrey.