Aretha Franklin Cancels Upcoming Shows Due to Health Concerns
By Antoinette Bueno
Aretha Franklin needs a bit of a break.
The legendary singer has canceled three shows due to "doctors' orders," she said in a statement on Monday.
"Due to doctors' orders I will have to cancel a few concerts for the next month or so," Franklin, 74, said. "I'm especially disappointed because two of them are among my favorite cities, Washington D.C. and New York. I don't want to miss any. I should continue the rest of my tour by November."
"I decided it was time to go home and take care of myself consistent with doctors' orders," she added.
Franklin will no longer perform at a show that was set for Friday at the Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts near Vienna, Virginia, and will also miss two upcoming shows at New York City's Radio City Music Hall -- "Tony Bennett Celebrates 90" on Sept. 15 and a solo gig on Sept. 23.
Watch the video to relive Franklin's stunning performance of "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" at the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors last December, which had President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, Carole King, and Viola Davis adorably fangirling in the audience.