ORLANDO, Florida (CelebrityAccess)
Shakira’s world tour, already waylaid by vocal cord issues, has postponed its upcoming North America tour dates and is now scheduled to hit the road June 5 in Cologne, Germany.
The singer announced in November that she had suffered a hemorrhage of her right vocal cord and pushed back her El Dorado World Tour until 2018. It was expected to begin in Cologne and is now set to do that again.
“At the end of July I went for a routine checkup, before starting to design this tour and my doctor confirmed that my vocal cords were in perfect condition,” she wrote at the time.
“Towards the end of October though, in the home stretch of my rehearsals, I felt a strange hoarseness that impeded my singing.…I then went on vocal rest as recommended by the specialists in an attempt to recover in time for my first show in Cologne.”
In another, recent lengthy Facebook post in English and Spanish, Shakira broke the news that the healing continues.
“Though I very much hoped my vocal cords would recover in time to pick the tour back up in January, and after exploring many options to that effect, I have accepted that this is an injury that simply needs more time and care to heal.
“I feel for all of you who planned ahead to come to these shows and who have been so patient as I took the time needed to figure out the best course of action with my doctors.”
The North American dates were to kick off Jan. 9 at Orlando, Fla.’s Amway Center and wrapped Feb. 10 at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Along the way, dates included Montreal’s Bell Centre, Toronto’s Air Canada Centre, Inglewood, Calif.’s Forum and Phoenix’s Talking Stick Resort Arena. Eleven dates have been postponed in all. North American dates now kick off Aug. 3 at Chicago’s United Center and wrap at California’s SAP Center at San Jose Sept. 6.
Latin America dates are expected to be announced soon.