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David Bowie forced to cancel European tour

Doctor advises singer to rest injured shoulder
/ Source: The Associated Press

A pain in the shoulder, which stopped David Bowie halfway through his concert in Prague, has now forced the singer to cancel the rest of his European tour, he announced Wednesday.

“Due to the continuing pain and extreme discomfort from a trapped/pinched nerve in his shoulder and to prevent possible further injury, David Bowie has been advised by his doctors to cancel his performances at the 11 remaining European dates throughout July,” said an announcement on his Web site.

“Due to the unpredictable nature of the condition and in an effort to give fans as much warning as possible — and indeed, to aid promoters in finding a replacement headliner in time for the festival dates — David very reluctantly agreed to take the advice,” the announcement said.

Bowie, 57, cut short his June 23 Prague concert because of pain in his shoulder. He took a 10-minute time-out about halfway through the show, but sang only two more songs before returning.

The singer had already canceled two dates in Austria, in Vienna and Salzburg. The latest announcement also included dates in France, Belgium, Ireland, Spain, Switzerland and Scotland.