Mexican ranchera star Vicente Fernandez is returning to complete eight U.S. shows that were canceled in October following an announcement that the artist had a small lump on his liver, requiring major medical attention.
After a series of medical procedures which removed roughly "40 percent of his liver to eliminate anything that could be a tumor," Fernandez is healthy, strong and ready to perform his final shows before he retires from touring, according to Eduardo Romero, the singer's tour manager who works with RalphHauser Promotions in Los Angeles.
Additionally, Fernandez is scheduled to perform in Guadalajara on Feb. 15 and 16 prior to his U.S. Dates at Auditorio VFG -- shows which are not promoted by Hauser. The U.S. tour, sponsored by Budweiser, is already more than 70 percent sold, Romero says, as fans prepare to bid farewell to the music icon in La Gira Del Adios or The Goodbye Tour, which will include a showcase from Fernandez' son, who has his father's same name.
Domestically, the concerts will take place between March 23 and April 28 with a stop in Los Angeles at the Staples Center on March 24. Fernandez is also scheduled to appear for three nights at the Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal CityWalk for three nights on April 26, 27 and 28.
Other stops include the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas on March 23, Selland Arena at Fresno Convention & Entertainment Center on April 12, Stockton Arena in Stockton, Calif. on April 13 and HP Pavilion at San Jose in San Jose, Calif. on April 14. Romero said that there may be a few shows added to the final leg of the tour.
"He's a superstar to me and he's a superstar that I will never forget," says Emily Simonitsch, senior VP of talent at Live Nation, who has known Fernandez for decades. "He treats me like a daughter. He has the ability to connect with people in a very genuine way. He's very compassionate and has worked very hard to achieve all that he has."
According to Nielsen SoundScan, Fernandez' top selling albums are Vol. 1 Historia de un Idolo with 1.1 million sold, Para Siempre Vicente Fernandez with 550,000 and El Hijo Del Puebo which has sold more than 440,000 copies. In total, more than 8 million of his albums have been sold in the U.S.