Iconic Mexican Singer, Featured on Tony Bennett's New Duets Album, Undergoes More Testing
Vicente Fernández, the iconic Mexican singer known for his popular ranchera songs, has canceled two early November shows in Mexico due to issues with his liver, according to a representative with his label Sony Music.
The entertainer's company, Star Productions, also released a statement indicating that a "small lump was detected on his liver" and while there is no diagnosis yet, more studies in the upcoming days will give further insight to his medical condition.
"I'm with my family and we hope that next week's results are very good," Fernandez said in a statement. "Thanks to all the people who have prayed for me. Their support gives me strength to keep going."
News of Vicente's medical concerns comes after he announced earlier this year that he's retiring. In an interview with Billboard, his son Vicente Fernandez Jr. said that his father is scaling back on the amount of concerts he performs each year.
This year Fernandez's touring schedule is full. He's performed at many of his regular stops and will do so as well at the Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal CityWalk in Southern California for three nights Nov. 9, 10, and 11. Additionally, he will also perform with his son during a special concert at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Nov. 29 as part of a farewell tour being called "Gira de Adios" (The Goodbye Tour). Fernandez is also scheduled to perform at several California venues in Fresno, Stockton, San Jose and then in Las Vegas on Nov. 23 at the Mandalay Bay Resort, one week after the Latin Grammys at the same location.
The singer has had a long and healthy touring portfolio. Fernandez performed in San Cristobal, Venezuela, on Sept. 8 and grossed $1,340,310, with attendance of 8,132, according to Billboard Boxscore. Additionally, on Sept. 13 in Caracas at the Estado de Universidad Simon Boliver, his concert grossed $3,245,460 with an attendance of 7,864. The promoter for both shows was Evenpro/Water Brother.
Fernandez recently recorded a duet on Tony Bennett's new album "Viva Duets," which was released this week. The CD features some of Latin music's biggest names such as Marc Anthony, Gloria Estefan and Christina Aguilera.
Bennett and Fernandez performed "Return To Me" (Regresa A Mi) with Bennett singing in English and Fernandez singing in Spanish. The song was recorded at Fernandez' personal recording studio in Guadalajara.
Bennett, during an interview with Billboard, said that spending time with Fernandez was a highlight and that the Mexican singer and his wife also gifted him with a dog, which he could ultimately not take but appreciated the gesture. In September, Bennett joined Fernandez at a concert on the East Coast.
"When we performed our duet at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., I could tell how much the audience loved him," Bennett said. "And they sang all his songs along with him."
Some of Fernandez' top selling albums, according to Nielsen SoundScan, include Vol. 1 Historia de Un Idolo with 1.1 million units sold, Para Siempre Vicente Fernandez with 550,000 and El Hijo Del Pueblo which sold 442,000 copies. In total, more than 8 million albums have been purchased in the U.S.