Rod Stewart abruptly canceled his recent Saskatoon concert. Sir Rod released a video on his Instagram page describing what happened and apologizing sincerely. He wrote in the caption: “Dear Saskatoon friends, I’m so sorry I couldn’t make it the other night. I’m hoping to return another day. I’m well now and heading to Ottawa; thanks to Cheap Trick for carrying the broadcast.” In the video, he highlighted a sudden health issue with his voice, as well as Cheap Trick, who stepped in for Stewart: “Dear Saskatoon friends, I’m so sorry I couldn’t make it the other night. Let me explain what happened. I was warming up my voice an hour before going on stage when it simply vanished. It happens occasionally, according to the doctor, and it feels like a cramp or a bruise.
But I’m sorry I couldn’t make it. I was present. So, now that I’m healed, I’m on my way to Ottawa, and I’d like to thank Cheap Trick for putting on the event. I’ll try to meet you again another time. Please accept my heartfelt apologies.” Rod Stewart’s Saskatoon gigs have been canceled before. He rescheduled six of his shows for August 2023, almost a year later, in September 2022. Some fans vented their displeasure on social media. One Reddit user commented: “When they announced it, I just shook my head in disbelief.” It was terrible enough that the event had already been postponed 11 months from September of last year. We also heard some boos when they made the second announcement, which confirmed the cancellation. Although understandable, this is nonetheless upsetting. On the good side, we got to see (at least part of) a free Cheap Trick show.”