Patti Smith takes a pause: Brief hospitalization halts punk poet's Italian tour

A medical issue halted Patti Smith's tour, but she appears to be better. Here's what we know!
Patti Smith Performs At Lobero Theatre
Patti Smith Performs At Lobero Theatre / Scott Dudelson/GettyImages

Renowned punk rock poet Patti Smith, celebrated for her iconic contributions to the music industry, found herself on a temporary hiatus after grappling with an undisclosed illness. However, she has stated she is presently "in good health conditions." The 76-year-old artist, best known for her influential track "Because the Night" (co-written with Bruce Springsteen), was forced to cancel a performance in Bologna on December 12, 2023, sending shockwaves through her devoted fanbase. Venue officials cited a "sudden illness" as the reason for the abrupt cancellation, sparking concern among fans and prompting swift action from medical authorities.

Patti Smith presently in good health

The Local Health Authority of Bologna revealed that Smith had been briefly hospitalized for observation in the emergency medicine department, reassuring the public that she is in good health. Smith's medical team is optimistic about her recovery, stating that the septuagenarian rocker will return to the stage after a period of rest. In a statement to the Los Angeles Times, health officials conveyed their confidence in Smith's ability to resume her tour commitments.
Despite the setback, Smith took to social media on Thursday to express gratitude to her medical team, sharing a photo of herself smiling alongside the healthcare professionals.

Apologizing for the canceled Bologna performance and another scheduled show in Venice, Smith assured her fans that she would honor her commitments once she has fully recuperated. Unfortunately, a book-signing event in Milan also fell victim to the unexpected hospitalization. While details about the nature of Smith's illness remain undisclosed, the artist remains resilient and promises to return to the stage soon. However, no specific dates for rescheduled performances have been shared, leaving fans eagerly awaiting updates on the status of the canceled Dec. 12 show in Bologna.

Missed performances, but plans on continuing tour

Officials from the Teatro Duse, the Bologna venue, "confirmed to the Times that there are currently no plans to reschedule the missed performance," according to The Daily Beast. Smith's Italian tour, which kicked off last month with shows in Ancona, Bari, Naples, and Modena, has been an eagerly anticipated event for fans. People notes that, according to hospital staff, Smith was "very polite and collaborative" during her stay.

Despite the hiccup in her schedule, Smith is expected to resume her musical journey with upcoming performances scheduled in Chicago and New York City later this month. As the punk rock poet takes a momentary pause to focus on her health, the music world anxiously awaits her return to the stage, where Patti Smith's indomitable spirit and poetic prowess have captivated audiences for decades.

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