DAVID CROSBY has been forced to change his touring plans after undergoing emergency surgery.
The 72-year-old singer, songwriter and guitarist postponed the last dates of his current solo tour after routine tests revealed he was at immediate risk of suffering a heart attack.
But he’s vowed to be back in action in time for a Crosby, Stills and Nash US tour that kicks off on March 4.
A statement explains: “At the urging of his doctor, on Friday, February 14, David underwent a cardiac catheterisation and angiogram, based on the results of a routine cardiac stress test.
“David is expected to have a full recovery. He did not have a heart attack – though it is certain that had he chosen to ignore his doctor’s urgent recommendation, it would have led to one.”
Crosby comments: “I’m very glad I listened to my doctors and my family. It seems I am once again a very lucky man. I’m sorry to have to move the dates, but I promise the music will be good when we do play them.”
The veteran musician has suffered a number of health issues related to drug and alcohol addiction over the years. He underwent a liver transplant in 1994 and lives with diabetes and hepatitis C. Last year he told Rolling Stone: “I could have easily died at so many points in my past. It happened to my friends – Jimi, Janis, Cass. Sometimes I wonder, ‘Why me?’ I made the same mistakes everyone else made.”
In January he released Croz, his first solo album in 20 years, which he describes as “a complete departure from any place I’ve been before.” He aims to bring his solo band to the UK in due course.