American songwriter Patti Smith cancels concert in Italy due to ‘sudden illness’ | Ents & Arts News

American singer Patti Smith has canceled a concert in Italy due to a “sudden illness”.

The 76-year-old songwriter was scheduled to perform Bologna Tuesday evening.

Duse Theater wished the rock icon a “speedy recovery” in a statement on Instagram.

The theater said: “It is with great regret that we inform the friendly audience that the Patti Smith concert scheduled for today will not be able to go on stage due to a sudden illness that struck the artist.

“We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this news.

“Our best wishes for a speedy recovery go out to the artist.”

Patti Smith arrives to attend the La Scala opera house's gala season opener, Giuseppe Verdi's opera 'Don Carlo,' at Milan's La Scala theater, Italy, Thursday, Dec. 7, 2023. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno) Image: AP
Patti Smith, right, arrives at the La Scala opera house in Milan on December 7. Picture: AP

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There have been reports in the Italian media that Smith was taken to hospital and put under observation, but these have not been confirmed.

At the end of last week, the artist was pictured arriving at Milan’s opera house La Scala for the opening of the gala season.

It is not yet clear whether she will be well enough to perform at her next scheduled concert on Thursday in Venice.

Her latest appearance was on Monday in Siena as part of a series of dates in Italy.

Smith, who has released 17 studio, live and compilation albums, is sometimes known as the “punk poet laureate” and is recognized more for her influence on other artists such as Madonna, Courtney Love, Michael Stipe and The Smiths than her chart successes.

Her best known song was Why The Night, which was co-written with Bruce Springsteen and reached number five on the UK Singles Chart in 1978.

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