UPDATE - Singer Michael Bolton today scheduled a makeup concert at the Gallo Center for the Arts in Modesto at 7 p.m. on Feb. 7, a center official confirmed. Only hours before he was scheduled to perform Wednesday, Bolton begged off under doctor's orders. He is suffering from laryngitis.
Just six hours before his sold-out concert at the Gallo Center for the Arts was to begin, singer Michael Bolton canceled the Wednesday show because of laryngitis.
Bolton, who is best known for '80s and '90s hits such as "When a Man Loves a Woman" and "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You," is planning to do a makeup concert, with the date to be determined today. Ticket-holders either can attend that show, get credit to see another performer at the Gallo Center or get a refund.
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Representatives for Bolton told the Gallo Center for the Arts that he was under doctor's orders not to sing or even talk, said Lynn Dickerson, the Gallo Center's executive director. He had been booked to perform in the 1,200-seat Rogers Theater to kick off the center's 2010-11 season.
"I'm cranky," said Dickerson, who added that she shared her irritation with Bolton's representatives. "They think I'm the royal witch of the west right now."
The cancellation was particularly upsetting because Bolton had been scheduled to meet 60 of the center's biggest donors, who were attending a pre-concert dinner and performance of a marching band earlier in the evening. The center decided to have the dinner as planned.
Bolton had just appeared Monday and Tuesday on live broadcasts of ABC's "Dancing With the Stars," where he is a competitor. His music equipment already had been trucked into the Gallo Center when Dickerson got notice that he was canceling.
Bolton's representatives told Dickerson he really is sick and this is one of the only times he has canceled a performance.
This makes the second time an artist involved with "Dancing With the Stars" has canceled a concert in Stanislaus County.
Jewel canceled her March 2009 performance at the Turlock Community Theatre to compete, but never danced on the show because she was injured during rehearsals. She performed a makeup concert at the Turlock venue four months later.
Bolton's Wednesday concert in Modesto sold out days ago and the Gallo Center has been turning away many disappointed people who'd hoped to attend. Dickerson urged his fans not to get refunds and to wait for Bolton's makeup date.
Bolton is considering three possible dates -- one later this month, one in October and one in February.
The makeup date most likely will be in February, because Bolton wouldn't be able to perform until 9 p.m. the first two dates because he'd have to fly to Modesto after appearing on "Dancing With the Stars," Dickerson said.
Contact the Gallo Center for the Arts at 338-2100 or www.galloarts.org.