Patti Smith Hospitalized in Italy, Show Cancellations

Iconic Musician's Resilience Amidst Unexpected Health Challenge.

by Nouman Rasool
Patti Smith Hospitalized in Italy, Show Cancellations
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Rock icon Patti Smith, a legendary figure in the music industry, found herself in a momentary health setback while embarking on an eight-night European tour. Reports from local outlets revealed that the 76-year-old Grammy nominee was briefly hospitalized in Bologna, Italy, due to a sudden illness.

The unexpected turn of events forced the cancellation of her eagerly anticipated Tuesday performance at the Teatro Duse in Bologna. In an Instagram post, the venue expressed deep regret, conveying, "With great regret, we inform the kind public that the concert of @thisispattismith scheduled for today, December 12, 2023, at 9 pm will not be able to go on stage due to a sudden illness that has affected the artist." They assured ticket-holders that refunds would be processed in the coming days.

Patti Smith's Health Update

Fortunately, Patti Smith's health took a positive turn, and she was released from the hospital in good condition. The medical team attending to her expressed optimism that she would be back on stage soon, following a necessary period of rest.

Regrettably, the repercussions of her health episode extended beyond the Bologna concert cancellation. Her previously scheduled performance in Venice on Thursday and a signing event in Milan on Friday were also called off, as reported by Rolling Stone.

Patti Smith's Italian tour had commenced late last month, taking her to various cities, including Ancona, Bari, Naples, and Modena before the unforeseen hospitalization incident. Despite these challenges, her upcoming performance in Chicago later this month remains on the schedule.

Fans can also look forward to her two dates in New York at The Bowery's Brooklyn Steel on December 29, followed by a sold-out birthday show on December 30. Patti Smith's enduring commitment to her art and her resolute spirit in the face of health setbacks continue to inspire fans worldwide.

As she recuperates and prepares to return to the stage, her music and poetic prowess remain a testament to her enduring legacy in the world of rock and roll. Stay tuned for further updates on this iconic artist's journey as she makes her triumphant return to performing.