Turning 70 years old on June 24 hasn't initially been a wonderful thing for guitar wizard Jeff Beck.
Last night, an announcement on his Facebook Fan Page directed readers to his website where a statement revealed Beck cancelled the second leg of his European tour. This morning we noticed the "official statement" was withdrawn, and then the entire website when down with the message, "Error establishing a database connection."
GP will update this news when we have more information.
For now, here is the statement that was posted at jeffbeckofficial.com:
"It is with the greatest regret that Jeff Beck has been forced to cancel the forthcoming European dates of his worldwide tour, set to begin in Austria on June 27.
"Following many months of international touring and after seeking emergency medical attention, Jeff will now undertake a short hospital procedure, and his doctors have instructed a complete break from performance for a total of six weeks. Following the treatment, Jeff will fulfill his U.S. tour commitments beginning in Missoula, Montana, on August 8.
"He sends his profound apologies to those fans who had bought tickets for the European concerts and very much looks forward to playing for his American audiences after he has completed his treatment."
Update! June 26 > 12:30 pm PST
GP's social-networking editor Jennifer Bergeron found a May 5 report at contactmusic.com that may shed some light on Beck's condition.
Apparently, Beck experienced discomfort during his joint concert tour with Brian Wilson last year, and had an endoscopy (an internal examination done with a camera at the end of a flexible tube) on an undisclosed body part or organ during a stop in Chicago.
At the time, Beck gave the following, somewhat cryptic statement to Britain's Mojo magazine: "What I didn't realise was that the tour bosses wanted me to spend the whole afternoon doing promo to prop up ticket sales. So we did this meet-and-greet stuff where audiences pay good money to watch rehearsals which robbed me of my afternoon nap. I ended up in Chicago University Hospital having an endoscopy. They still had me playing the next night. It was a bit blood and guts, but I had fallen in love with the idea of playing with Brian Wilson."
More to come as the story unfolds...