Juan Gabriel, the iconic Mexican singer/songwriter, has postponed his first three California shows after being rushed to the hospital early on Monday in Las Vegas where he was diagnosed with pneumonia, according to representatives for the 64-year-old crooner.
Gabriel was scheduled to perform in Los Angeles on April 16 and 17 at the Nokia Theatre followed by a show on April 19 in San Jose at the SAP Center, but those shows are now being rescheduled. CMN Events, the producers of his tour, will announce new show dates later this week.
The U.S. leg of the singer's tour began earlier this month on April 3 with two sold out shows at the Allstate Center in Chicago. Sold out shows followed at Madison Square Garden, the Toyota Center in Houston and the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas where, according to reports, the singer performed about 3 hours for fans who had not seen him in the U.S. for about 7 years.
According to the publicity firm d.baron media relations, Gabriel was admitted to an intensive care unit and after performing in Las Vegas on Sunday. He had a fever and congestion, according to his publicist. Published reports indicate that the Mexican showman was taken to Southern Hills Hospital.
Gabriel, born Alberto Aguilera Valadez in Michoacán, is the youngest of 10 brothers and sisters. He began his career from very humble beginnings and rose to become one of Mexico's most adored singer/songwriters. A prolific songwriter, Gabriel is best known for composing some of the most popular pop songs and ballads such as "No tengo dinero," "Siempre en mi mente" and "El Noa Noa."
On his Twitter account today, Gabriel reached out to his fans directly.
"Even though I want to keep on singing, others want me to rest," Gabriel posted. "My loves, we'll see each other on May 1 in Los Angeles."
Gabriel has frequently been on the Billboard charts and has sold 2.6 million albums to date, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
On Top Latin Albums, he has 10 Top 10s (and one No. 1). He has a 28-year charting career on Hot Latin Songs. His first charting title "Yo No Se Que Me Paso" spent four weeks at No. 1 in 1986. He’s had seven No. 1s total, and 19 top 10s.
The singer's longest running No. 1 was "Abrazame Muy Fuerte" in 2001 and he has 17 Top 10 titles on Latin Pop Albums (two No. 1s), tying with Ednita Nazario for the third-most top 10s on the chart.
Juan Gabriel's upcoming shows as part of his new U.S. tour:
May 1 -- Los Angeles/Nokia Theater L.A. Live
May 3 -- Los Angeles/Nokia Theater L.A. Live
May 4 -- Los Angeles/Nokia Theater L.A. Live
May 30 -- Denver/Pepsi Center
June 1 -- Oakland/Oracle Arena
June 6 -- Miami/American Airlines Arena
June 8 -- Newark-New Jersey/Prudential Center