Janelle Monáe Sick, Australian Concert Dates Nixed

Janelle Monáe’s Australian tour has been derailed due to a mystery “sudden illness.” 

The R&B star has been forced to cancel a pair of dates, including last Saturday's show at Melbourne’s the Forum where the band was already set-up and the room was full. Monday night’s scheduled show at Sydney Opera House Concert Hall has also been canned. Indeed, she never made the trip to Sydney.

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According to a statement issued by promoters Live Nation Australasia, Monáe’s been required to stay in Melbourne under medical supervision to assess her recovery.

Marcus Teague editor of the Australian entertainment Website the Vine was at the Melbourne gig. He tweeted, “Wow. Janelle Monáe a no show in Melbourne. Gear on stage, band came out 30 mins after Kimbra to announce she's ill and won't be appearing.”

Monáe's five-city “Golden Electric Tour” of Australia and New Zealand is billed as a co-headlining run with Kiwi artist Kimbra. Live Nation says it’s working to secure rescheduled performance dates later this week, subject to the progress of Monáe’s recovery. A further announcement will be made Tuesday (May 20). The itinerary has scheduled stops in Brisbane on Thursday, Auckland on Saturday, and again in Melbourne next Monday.

Ahead of the initial tour announcement, Live Nation offered some insight into how the pair dreamed-up with the touring concept. The inspiration came during a late-night catch-up last July during the 2013 Montreux Jazz Festival. Monáe and Kimbra apparently bonded “over a shared love of Prince, and as the night wore on the collective began jamming” in a Swiss bar.