There was a bit of drama at the conclusion of The Wiggles‘ reunion benefit show for the devastating Australian brushfires on Friday night (Jan. 17). Original lead singer and yellow Wiggle Greg Page was rushed to the hospital following the charity gig in Sydney after suffering from an unspecified medical issue.
“At the end of the show this evening there was a medical incident off stage involving Greg Page,” read a tweet from the beloved children’s group. “Medics were called immediately and he was taken to hospital where he is receiving treatment. We will provide more information as it comes to hand.”
At press time a spokesperson for the group could not be reached for additional comment.
Update: At the end of the show this evening there was a medical incident off stage involving Greg Page. Medics were called immediately and he was taken to hospital where he is receiving treatment. We will provide more information as it comes to hand.
— The Wiggles (@TheWiggles) January 17, 2020
The show, which benefit the Australian Red Cross and the NSW Wildlife Information and Rescue Education Services, was announced two weeks ago as a fundraiser to combat the ongoing deadly wildfire crisis in the country that has drawn millions in support from a number of artists to assist those battling the historic blazes. “We’re getting the band back together… to raise some much-needed funds to assist with those affected by the bushfires in Australia,” the band wrote on Facebook in announcing the gig. “ALL proceeds from the show (tickets and merchandise sales) will be going to the Australian Red Cross and WIRES.”
The instantly sold-out show at Castle Hill RSL was the first time original members — Page, Anthony Field, Murray Cook and Jeff Fatt — had appeared on stage together since 2016. It was the first of two scheduled gigs by the original cast.
Page, who turned 48 on Thursday, retired from performing in 2006 after being diagnosed with a chronic condition that causes dizzyness, fatigue and nausea called orthostatic intolerance, which had reportedly left him debilitated.
“It’s not a life-threatening condition by any means, but it is one that’s going to be with me for the rest of my life,” said Page at the time. “It means that I’ll no longer be able to sing and dance as I want to, and as a result I’ve decided to stop performing with The Wiggles.”