Rihanna delays world tour, postponing eight shows and cancelling two more


Days after cancelling her Grammys performance, Rihanna has cancelled two shows and delayed the start of her coming world tour.

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Eight tour dates have been postponed from February to May, including stops in San Diego, Houston, Austin, Dallas, Atlanta, Phoenix, New Orleans and San Jose. Production delays were cited as reason for the delay, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The singer has also cancelled two UK tour dates in June, and will no longer perform at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light or Cardiff’s Principality Stadium. According to a statement on Sunderland AFC’s website, the tour dates were cancelled because of “logistical reasons beyond the tour’s control”.

“Unfortunately this is something that can happen with major tours and naturally we are sorry for those concert-goers who were looking forward to the show,” Gary Hutchinson, Sunderland AFC’s commercial director, said in a statement.

The Anti tour, to promote her 2016 album of the same name, is Rihanna’s first solo world tour since 2013.

The postponed and cancelled tour dates follow Rihanna’s last-minute decision to pull out of a performance at the 2016 Grammys, citing a severe bout of bronchitis. She was scheduled to debut a live performance of Kiss It Better, from her recently released eighth album.

After the Grammy rehearsal, Rihanna’s doctor put her on vocal rest for 48 hours because she was at risk of haemorrhaging from her vocal cords, a representative for the singer said. She had been on antibiotics for three days but the medication “did not kill the infection adequately”, according to the representative.

The singer apologised to her fans on her Twitter account and thanked the Grammys and CBS, which aired the awards show on 15 February.

Rihanna is scheduled to perform at the Brits 2016 awards next week.

A representative for the singer did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

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