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Wednesday's Rod Stewart concert in St. Paul is postponed until Oct. 14


Rod Stewart/ Photo by Drew Gurian, Associated Press

Rod Stewart/ Photo by Drew Gurian, Associated Press


He’s done it again. Rod Stewart has postponed his concert set for Wednesday at Xcel Energy Center  because of strep throat. He will now perform Oct. 14.

"Gutted that strep throat has left me unable to perform this week in Kansas City and the Twin Cities. Thanks to the fans and promoters for their support and swift rescheduling - I look forward to seeing you in October,” he said in a statement.

Longtime fans will recall that in 1988 Stewart canceled a concert at the old Met Center in Bloomington 50 minutes after the show was scheduled to begin. He was ill.  

In 2000, he was treated for throat cancer.

All tickets for Wednesday’s concert with Cyndi Lauper will be honored in October. The singers also postponed their concert for Tuesday night in Kansas City.

Injury report: Minnesota musicians Charlie Parr, the Bad Man sidelined by broken body parts

Charlie Parr's post-injury photo from his Instagram page. / @Charlie.Parr

Charlie Parr's post-injury photo from his Instagram page. / @Charlie.Parr

After they each had a busy summer of gigging that intersected in Minneapolis a few weeks ago at the Roots, Rock & Deep Blues Festival, Minnesota music scenesters Charlie Parr and the Bad Man have both suddenly been sidelined by injury. Here are their respective diagnoses.

CHARLIE PARR: The acoustic road warrior quite literally had his wheels taken out from him. He was skateboarding with his 11-year-old daughter two weeks ago in Duluth when, as he recalled a few days later, “Suddenly I was flying, and just after that I was in an ambulance.”

Parr broke his shoulder in three places and had to undergo a three-hour surgery last week, which included the addition of some pins and plates. Word is the procedure went well enough for the wizardly guitar picker to still plan on making his upcoming dates next weekend, though he did have to cancel a couple in the interim. Manager Mark Gehring said the focus is for Parr to be back in full form for a big tour in November and December, which will will include his first headlining set at the Palace Theatre in St. Paul (details TBA).

True to form, Parr wasn’t bemoaning his situation when asked it about it before surgery: “I was spending time with my kids -- no regrets,” he said.

THE BAD MAN: Known to be one of the most dynamic and devilish rock ‘n’ roll frontmen to hit the Twin Cities in recent years, Peter Memorich broke his leg two weeks ago during a visit to that most dangerous of Rust Belt cities, Cleveland.

The rather serious injury – which also included surgery -- forced the punky, sax-heavy garage-rockers to cancel their Aug. 5 appearance at the Red Stag Supper Club gig, where fellow 2017 First Ave Best New Bands showcase alum Dwynell Roland filled in. It also forced the quintet to pull out of their sure-to-be-fun August Music & Movies set at the Lake Harriet Bandshell this Friday before “Catch Me If You Can,” where the newly reformed Ice Palace has been confirmed as the replacement (7:30 p.m., free). Worst of all, it even forced the Bad Man to postpone a Sept. 14 release party at Modist Brewing for their new album, “Laughing With Bad Teeth.”

“Peter being pinned to any one spot wouldn't be at all what we are used to,” guitarist Patrick Davis said, spoiling any thought of the band performing with an immobile frontman á la Dave Grohl. They’re also hesitant to confirm a makeup date for the release party yet: “Just too many unknowns at this point on recovery, unfortunately,” Davis added.

Best wishes to both fellas.

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