Barry Manilow fans in Los Angeles and Chicago will have to wait to see the singer — he has postponed shows this week due to his sprained vocal cords.
Manilow was set to perform at The Forum in Inglewood, California, on Sunday, and the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois, on Wednesday, but a post shared on his Facebook page on Saturday announced that the concerts were to be rescheduled.
“Barry is on doctors orders to rest due to sprained vocal chords [sic],” read the statement. “We are all very sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.”
The announcement also informed fans that tickets for the original concert date would be honored at the new dates: Friday, Aug. 4, for Los Angeles and Saturday, July 29, for Chicago, according to a follow-up post on Sunday.
“It’s turned out to be just great. I’ve really enjoyed it, most of all because the fans and the public have been so supportive. I thought, ‘Oh, man, I’m gonna get a lot of negative stuff.’ Not one negative letter, comment — anywhere,” Manilow said. “These people, these strangers — they care for me. Isn’t it odd? I’m just a musician who sings. And these people care about my happiness — and that’s what’s been going on. It’s been a beautiful, beautiful experience.”
At the event, Manilow, 73, was honored with the BMI Icon Award for his 50-year career in showbiz, during which he’s released pop classics (see: “Mandy,” “Can’t Smile Without You,” “Copacabana (at the Copa),” etc.) and famous jingles (for State Farm Insurance, Band-Aid and more).