Legendary diva Aretha Franklin has been forced to cancel her forthcoming shows in Chicago and Connecticut later this month under her doctor's recommendation for her to undergo treatment. The 71-year-old singer's treatment, although it wasn't specified as to what kind or type, apparently needs to be done in the next couple of weeks, prompting her upcoming live performances to be called off.
As a result, the Queen of Soul is pulling out of her May 20 special "Corporate Night" fundraiser with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as well as her show at the Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Connecticut on May 26. Franklin's representative, Tracey Jordan, has not disclosed the jazz/gospel songstress' health condition.
Filling in for the "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" singer during her May 20 benefit show in Chicago is R'n'B/soul singer/songwriter and record producer Janelle Monae. The Grammy Award-winning artist will be singing her songs set to orchestral arrangements which she will first debut this Thursday with the San Francisco Symphony.
Franklin, who has dealt with weight issues in the past, had begun to lose weight following surgery for an undisclosed ailment back in 2010, losing as much as 85 pounds in the process. The said weight loss is said to have added 15 to 20 more years to the life of the first female inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.