Engelbert Humperdinck forced to cancel concerts after illness left him 'completely incapacitated'

MUSIC legend Engelbert Humperdinck has forced to cancel two of his concerts after falling ill with a viral infection that left him “completely incapacitated”.

The British music veteran, who has sold over 140million records, had to pull out of a gig in Manchester last night and has cancelled a concert in Cambridge this evening.

In a statement his team confirmed Engelbert, 85, had been taken ill but said he hoped to recover in time for his next concert in Birmingham tomorrow evening.

A representative said: Due to a very unpleasant viral illness that left Engelbert completely incapacitated for a few days he had to cancel his shows in Manchester and Cambridge, however the star feels he is on the mend and expects to be able to resume his tour for tomorrow night’s Birmingham show.

“For cancelled shows please contact your ticket supplier to discuss refunds or reschedules.”

Concerns were raised for the Leicester born star, real name Arnold George Dorsey, last night when he failed to make his concert in Manchester and remained in a hotel in Newcastle.

An insider said: “Engelbert is one of the hardest working stars in showbiz and he got everyone worried when he got sick.

“He is a total professional and wants to get back on track as soon as possible but no one wants him to push himself too hard.”

Engelbert’s stellar career spans almost five decades and has seen him amassing 35 platinum albums and 64 gold.

As well as performing four times for the Queen, he has played to a number of US presidents and heads of state worldwide.

The Spanish Eyes singer hit the road for a new tour in the states earlier this year before returning to the UK for a string of gigs.

Speaking last month about returning to live music, he said: “It’s 19 months since I’ve been on stage performing, and it’ll be nice to get back on the road again and do these things, to see fans and friends.

“It’s going to be good. I’m looking forward to it very much.

“There’s definitely a little bit of nervousness involved.

“I’ve never been off this long in my life. I’ve done world tours every year, and I’ve always performed every month of the year everywhere all the time.

“Since the pandemic, there’s been nothing, and it’s quite nerve-racking actually to know that I’m going to go back. It’s like starting all over again, but it’s exciting.”

The British music legend has sold over 140million records worldwideCredit: Rex

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