Scorpions and Whitesnake are trying to reschedule their Sydney show and have cancelled Brisbane after Scorpions frontman Klaus Meine was taken to hospital for emergency surgery.
Meine played their first show of the tour on Thursday at Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena and was due to take the stage at Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena on Saturday but instead was admitted to a Melbourne hospital to have a kidney stone removed, experiencing “a very painful attack”.
Surgeons successfully removed the stone, put in a stent and Meine is now recovering.
Live Nation released a statement confirming the Brisbane Entertainment Centre show is cancelled.
In 2018, Scorpions were set to play Sydney for the first time ever when touring with Def Leppard, but had to pull out after Meine lost his voice.
Due to this, Scorpions and Whitesnake will likely try to push ahead with a rescheduled Sydney show.
Set to play Auckland on February 27, another Brisbane show is unlikely.
Meine took to social media to give an update on his condition and to apologise to fans.
“We had a fantastic show in Melbourne Wednesday night at the Rod Laver Arena … loved every minute of it …. it just feels soooo good to be back in Australia!!!!
“… it was a very painful attack ….
“In the hospital they removed the stone, and put in a stent …. can you imagine how i feel right now???
“So sorry Sydney …. Do we have to cancel again??? It looks like it…. but we are hoping to re-schedule for next week. Day to be announced.
“Dr Katz and his team are taking very good care of me … I’m in the best hands, but i doubt I’ll be back on my feet until early next week.”
Live Nation issued a statement on Saturday saying they will release details on a new Sydney show shortly.
“Live Nation is working on a rescheduled date for next week, with details to follow shortly.
“All existing tickets will remain valid for entry on the rescheduled date, without the need for exchange.
“Refunds will be available for patrons who are unable to attend the rescheduled date, and can be obtained by contacting their point of purchase.”