Shakira announced that she has been forced to postpone the first date of her anticipated El Dorado World Tour after straining her vocal cords. The pop star was set to kick off the tour at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany, on Wednesday, November 8.
“To my friends in Germany, during these last few days of rehearsals, I have unfortunately strained my vocal cords and as a result, my doctors have ordered me to go on vocal rest to avoid any greater damage that could keep me from performing,” said the Grammy winner in a statement posted on her official website.
The Colombian singer wrote (in both English and Spanish), “During these last few days of rehearsals, I have unfortunately strained my vocal cords and as a result, my doctors have ordered me to go on vocal rest to avoid any greater damage that could keep me from performing. I’m devastated to have to miss our first show on November 8th in Koln.”
“I love my German fans so much and was really looking forward to sharing my first show with you. As much as it pains me, I know I need to heed the advice of my doctors and recover so I can give you all everything I’ve got once I’m on the road and not risk any further injury” She added.
The artist assured her fans that she is focused on her recovery in order to be ready for her November 10 concert in Paris, “I am focusing on recovering now to be able to kick off on November 10th in Paris, as soon as I get the green light from my doctors. Thanks as always from the bottom of my heart for all the support and love you’ve shown me heading into this tour. I hope to make it worth the wait and see you all very soon!”
She also added that she’s planning to come back to Germany at a later date. “The Live Nation team is working hard to find a new date for me to come back and share this exciting show with you which I feel is going to be my best one yet,” she wrote.
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