A scant two weeks two weeks after her last concert in the Caribbean ended in controversy, Amy Winehouse has again prompted questions about the state of her health – by pulling out of a homecoming gig in London.
Winehouse, 25, was set to perform at the celebration of a 50th birthday of her record label Island on Sunday, May 31. But Island issued a statement Friday saying that she will not now be taking to the stage.
The reversal comes after a performance in her adopted home of St. Lucia ended prematurely, which her reps blamed on lighting failures and other technical mishaps in the stormy Caribbean weather. But there were also reports of forgotten lyrics and reputed booing by the audience.
In its statement Friday, Island said, “Amy Winehouse’s management has regretfully announced that Amy and her band will no longer be performing at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire. Amy would like to apologize to her fans who bought tickets for the shows.” Full ticket refunds will be made.
A statement from the singer’s rep on Friday cited health problems for the cancellation. “She was complaining of chest pains, so the doctor advised her to come in and she was kept in the observation and then released,” it said.