Steven Tyler suddenly cancels shows to seek medical care Photo by Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for Celebrity Fight Night
ROME, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 08: Steven Tyler performs at the Andrea Bocelli show as part of the 2017 Celebrity Fight Night in Italy Benefiting The Andrea Bocelli Foundation and the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center on September 8, 2017 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for Celebrity Fight Night)

Aerosmith abruptly cancelled the remainder of its South and Central American tour dates Sept. 26 as a result of an unspecified health issue affecting frontman Steven Tyler.

The legendary rock band had four more dates scheduled in Brazil, Chile, Argentina and Mexico between Sept. 27 and Oct. 7 as part of its “AeroVederci Tour.”

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Steven, who moved to Nashville a couple of years ago to write and record a country album released in 2016, shared a message on his Instagram and the band’s website saying that “due to unexpected medical issues” he “is seeking immediate care and has been advised by his doctors that he cannot travel or perform at this time.”

In a personal message to fans planning to attend those shows, Steven said, “I’m very sorry and feel like I let you down. I won’t be able to continue the last four shows of this tour. I flew back to the U.S. on doctor’s orders last night after the show in São Paulo. Please not to worry. I am not in a life-threatening condition, but I need to deal with this right away, and get some rest and medical care immediately in order to sustain and maintain my future performances. I promise I’ll be back. Unfortunately, health does not wait and it’s something even I can’t schedule around our shows.”

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He added, “As they say, ‘We humans make plans, and God laughs.’ I love you all and will be back with you soon.”

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Phyllis Stark is a Nashville-based entertainment journalist who has been reporting extensively on country music (and loving every moment of it) for more than two decades.
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