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.”
Ticket holders for An Evening with Randy Newman will receive full refunds, explains Frontier Touring, producer of the veteran artist’s Australasian jaunt.
In an interview published earlier this month in Vanity Fair, Newman admitted his tour Down Under was in doubt. “It may not happen,” he said. “I had a hip operation, and I thought I was going to get better, but I’m not. And I’m losing feeling in three fingers on my left hand. Not that I ever had a great left hand in the first place, but it’s hard to play.”
Newman’s trophy cabinet, however, is in great shape. His wins over the years include seven Grammys, three Emmys, and two Academy Awards for best original song, and he has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He could add to his collection of Oscars with a 13th nomination in the best original song category — a record — for “I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away” from Toy Story 4, and for best original score for Marriage Story.
The Los Angeles-born artist was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013 and, of course, scored all four installments of Toy Story.
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