RIO DE JANEIRO – Organizers for the Rock in Rio music festival announced on Thursday that US singer Lady Gaga has cancelled her scheduled performance there later this week and will be replaced by the group Maroon 5.
In a statement, the organization confirmed that due to “severe pain,” Lady Gaga finds it impossible to perform in Rio de Janeiro this week and she regrets informing fans of the cancellation of her concert.
In a message on Twitter, the singer said that she was not in any condition to perform on Friday at Latin America’s biggest music festival.
“I was taken to the hospital, it is not simply hip pain or wear and tear from the road, I am in severe pain. But am in good hands w/ the very best doctors. Please don’t forget my love for you,” the pop star tweeted, addressing Brazilians.
The festival organization said that Maroon 5, which had been scheduled to perform on Saturday, will replace Lady Gaga and will now offer two concerts, one on Friday and the other the next day.
Organizers also said that “out of respect” for Lady Gaga’s fans, Rock in Rio will reimburse anyone who now does not want to attend Friday’s replacement concert.
The singer’s concert was to have been the culmination of the first night of the seven-night festival, at which Ivete Sangalo, Pet Shop Boys and Australian band 5 Seconds of Summer are also due to take the stage.
Both Lady Gaga and Ivete Sangalo have huge numbers of fans in Brazil, who quickly bought up the 100,000 tickets that went on sale for Rock in Rio’s first day of events.
A total of 700,000 tickets were sold five months ago for this week’s worth of activities at the 17th Rock in Rio festival.