Part of a tour by pop singer Kesha has been kiboshed, at least for now.
Kesha, best-known for creating rhythmic ditties like "Tik Tok" and "Animal," both from her groundbreaking release Animal, was told by physicians that she would need to undergo surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her knee before she can hit the stage. The decision postpones the North American leg of her tour that would have included Macklemore on the bill.
On social media, the singer said she was heartbroken over the news, but said she had to take the advice of her doctor, and suggesting that she would be able to fulfill all the engagements once the dates were realigned to fit her schedule.
The news will also push back dates in March and April, and affects engagements in Australia, Japan, New Zealand, and Taiwan. Kesha originally suffered the injury after a stage fall during a concert in Dubai earlier in February. Even with surgery, it may take up to a year for a patient to recover from damaged knee ligaments.
But that hadn't stopped promoters from scheduling the Kesha and Macklemore segment of the tour on this continent, starting with a June 6 concert in Phoenix. Meanwhile, Kesha's publicists have advised fans who bought seats for her shows to keep their tickets handy and wait for additional details surrounding the tour.
The 30-year-old singer was the headliner of the closing night of RedFestDxb, a two-day event taking place in Dubai's Media City Amphitheatre, when she suffered her accident. Touring to support her latest album, Rainbow, Kesha took a spill during one number, but managed to complete her set which clocked in at less than an hour.
However, she was slated to perform a 10-minute set at the festival's after-party once her set concluded, prompting fans to pack the Meydan nightclub with hopes of seeing the star in a more intimate venue. But while crowds waited as late as 3 a.m., despite endless hype from the in-house DJ, it became obvious that the performer would not show up. That was when organizers had to inform patrons the news surrounding her injury.