Roxy Music's Bryan Ferry joins crocked rockers club

Apr 6, 2011
Amy Lecomber

Ferry cancels O2 event for hospital visit while Bee Gee Robin Gibb also falls ill

Has Roxy Music legend Bryan Ferry bitten off more than he can chew at the grand old age of 65? Just a month after completing a gruelling world tour in New Zealand, he was forced to cancel a 2012 Olympics event at the O2 Arena last night after falling ill and checking into hospital for tests.

A friend denied he had suffered a heart attack, but said: "Bryan has been feeling rough for some time and he felt even worse today. So, he thought it was best for the doctors to look into it. We're all obviously very concerned for him."

Ferry, whose biggest hits Love is the Drug and Jealous Guy date back more than 30 years, is due to start an 18-week European solo tour in Tel Aviv on April 19. A spokesman assured fans the tour will not be affected.

Once the coolest man in rock, Ferry now joins the crocked rockers club.

The last to join before him was Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees who was taken ill just two days ago. Gibb, 61, has had to postpone a South American tour, due to start in Brazil this week, after doctors advised him not to travel. Fans fear he could be suffering the same intestinal twisting which killed his twin brother and fellow Bee Gee Maurice in 2003.

Other club members include Leonard Cohen who fell ill on stage during a concert in Valencia, Spain, just days before his 75th birthday in 2009. He collapsed during a rendition of Bird on the Wire.

Another who famously fell off his perch was Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards. He injured himself when he dropped out of a coconut tree in Fiji in 2006, delaying the launch of the band's world tour by six weeks.

Even middle-aged virtuosi succumb to ill health on the road. In 2009, Morrissey had to cancel five US gigs after falling foul of an unspecified illness.

Later the same year, he fell unconscious during a concert in Swindon. He discharged from hospital the next day, quashing speculation that he had suffered a heart attack. Apparently fully recovered, he is set to start an interference-free UK tour in June.

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