Rock guitar god Eric Clapton has proved he’s mortal. The 64-year-old musician has been forced to cancel his appearance at this week’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame concert in New York after undergoing emergency gallstone surgery.
Clapton is the latest aging rock star to suffer from medical problems. Last weekend, UK music legend, Morrissey collapsed during a concert and was rushed to the hospital with chest pains and shortness of breath. He has since been released.
Clapton was doing well and recuperating with his family in England, according to Kristen Foster, a publicist for the guitarist.
“[Eric] will spend time recuperating at home in the UK and is very sorry to disappoint the fans and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,” a statement said.
Bruce Springsteen’s participation was up in the air, meanwhile, after the rocker abruptly canceled a concert in Kansas City on Monday due because of the death of relative, who worked as a roadie on his crew.
Police officials in Kansas City said a 34-year-old member of Springsteen’s road crew died at his hotel, but that the death was not suspicious.
Clapton was to scheduled to perform as part of a two-night celebration in honor of the hall’s 25th anniversary. Jeff Beck will replace him for Friday night’s show at Madison Square Garden, the Hall of Fame said.
Beck now joins U2, Aretha Franklin and Metallica for the final night. The Thursday lineup includes Crosby, Stills and Nash; Stevie Wonder; and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. HBO will air the concerts Nov. 29.
Others on the bill include Ozzy Osbourne and Annie Lennox. On Thursday night, Simon and Garfunkel, Stevie Wonder, Sting and B.B. King are scheduled to play.
The concert is unrelated to the annual Hall of Fame induction, which takes place in New York next March.
Clapton’s Web site says he remains committed to his 2010 concert schedule.