Randy Newman has canceled his upcoming tour of Australia and New Zealand, citing a longer-than-expected recovery period from recent surgery.
The revered singer-songwriter-composer was scheduled to kick off his seven-date tour on Feb. 2 at Melbourne’s Hamer Hall, then play shows in Sydney, Canberra and Brisbane. The U.S. artist was then meant to head east for his first ever New Zealand trek, taking in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.
All dates are now off. “I couldn’t be more sorry, I really couldn’t,” says Newman in a statement issued Wednesday (Jan. 15). “I wanted very much to perform in Australia and New Zealand. I promise I’ll make it up to you. I am especially sorry not to be there in person to express my support for, and love of, Australia during this time of crisis."