David Foster postpones Clearwater concert due to health issues

The producer’s wife Katharine McPhee was scheduled to join him this month at Ruth Eckerd Hall.
David Foster will perform at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on Jan. 29, 2021.
David Foster will perform at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on Jan. 29, 2021. [ Courtesy of the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hal ]
Published March 9, 2020|Updated March 10, 2020

With all the news going around about coronavirus, this isn’t an ideal time for an artist to have to cancel a gig due to health issues. But it’s happened several times in recent days.

The latest victim: David Foster.

The Grammy-winning super-producer and songwriter has postponed his March 24 concert at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater due to health issues. His wife, singer Katharine McPhee, was scheduled to perform with him. A spokeswoman for Ruth Eckerd Hall said it was unrelated to COVID-19.

“It is with great sadness that I have to reschedule my tour date in Clearwater due to an unexpected medical procedure,” Foster wrote in a statement. “I’m well on the road to recovery but my doctors are insisting I spend the next several weeks recovering. I love touring and performing for my fans, so this is not an easy decision.”

Foster will now perform at Ruth Eckerd Hall on Jan. 29, 2021. Tickets for the old date will be honored at the new one. Otherwise, they start at $48.75. Click here for details.

Late last week, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell announced he was postponing a tour by his new project the Dirty Knobs because of “some health issues which, while fully treatable, need to be addressed before going out on tour,” he wrote in a statement. A show that was scheduled for April 28 at Tampa’s Orpheum has been pushed back to Sept. 9.

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