Jeff Beck, who turned 70 on June 24, has been instructed by doctors to stop performing for six weeks. He also will “undertake a short hospital procedure.” As a result, the second leg of his European tour has been cancelled.
Beck's exact health issues have not been made public. His jeffbeckofficial.com site simply issued this statement:
“It is with the greatest regret that Jeff Beck has been forced to cancel the forthcoming European dates of his worldwide tour, set to begin in Austria on June 27.
“Following many months of international touring and after seeking emergency medical attention, Jeff will now undertake a short hospital procedure, and his doctors have instructed a complete break from performance for a total of six weeks. Following the treatment, Jeff will fulfil his U.S. tour commitments beginning in Missoula, Montana, on August 8.
“He sends his profound apologies to those fans who had bought tickets for the European concerts and very much looks forward to playing for his American audiences after he has completed his treatment.”
Between touring dates, Beck has been working on a new album that he hopes to release in late 2014. He recently told Rolling Stone, “I’ve worked, worked, worked for the last three years. Now is the time really.... I thought it was time for a really good studio album I had control over and time to do properly instead of a budget problem. Even though I do have budget problems!”