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Last Updated: Monday, 9 May, 2005, 15:10 GMT 16:10 UK
Singer Stewart cancels London gig
Rod Stewart
Stewart, 60, has suffered throat problems in the past
Rocker Rod Stewart has called off a concert in London on Monday night because of a throat infection.

He was due to perform his first London date at Earls Court, having already played five dates around the UK.

But doctors have told the 60-year-old singer to rest his voice until his next show on Wednesday.

"Rod has been forced to postpone his first London engagement at Earls Court tonight because of a severe viral throat infection," said a spokesman.

"Under doctor's orders, Rod has been told to rest until his next scheduled Earls Court date on Wednesday May 11."

Cancer scare

Monday's show will be rescheduled to a later date.

Stewart's 2002 was hit by cancellations due to a throat infection, with two shows axed.

In 2000, he had a cancerous growth removed from his throat, sparking fears he would not be able to sing again.

It took nine months for him to be able to return to singing, but he was eventually given the all-clear.

Stewart is engaged to model Penny Lancaster and the pair plan to marry when his divorce from second wife Rachel Hunter is finalised.

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