Monday 22 May 2017

Bad medicine for fans as sick Jon Bon Jovi postpones weekend gigs

Jon Bon Jovi has been battling bronchitis (Invision/AP)
Jon Bon Jovi has been battling bronchitis (Invision/AP)

Ailing rock star Jon Bon Jovi has some bad medicine for his followers in New York City, who must wait another week to see his band at Madison Square Garden.

The New Jersey-born rocker decided on Thursday night to postpone this weekend's concerts as he continues to recover from bronchitis.

Tickets for his Friday show will be honoured on Thursday April 13, and likewise tickets for his Saturday show on Saturday April 15, the band said.

"The decision was difficult to make, but made in the interest of delivering the full, powerhouse performance for which Bon Jovi is known," the band said in a statement, adding Bon Jovi's doctor recommended that he did not perform this weekend.

Bon Jovi has been battling the lung infection for more than a week. He was forced to cut short a concert in Pittsburgh by nearly an hour on Wednesday.

Fans and some critics have noted that Bon Jovi had difficulty singing and hitting some high notes in the past week or so.

During the Pittsburgh show, he told the crowd he had a sore throat and jokingly asked if anyone from a bar band knew all the words to Bon Jovi songs and could fill in for him.

The band are best known for hits including You Give Love A Bad Name, Livin' On A Prayer and Wanted Dead Or Alive.

They are promoting its latest album, This House Is Not For Sale, nearing the end of the first leg of what is expected to be an extensive tour.

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