Randy Newman Reveals He’s Recovering From Broken Neck, Postpones Tour Dates

In announcing the postponement of some European tour dates that were to begin this month, Randy Newman revealed that he is recovering from a broken neck, and in his droll fashion referred to one of his most famous songs in discussing his diagnosis.

“Recently, I noticed I was shrinking,” Newman wrote in a statement on his website. “People over whom I had towered now towered over me. Could this be payback for having written ‘Short People’? Turns out, my neck was broken.”

The singer-songwriter did not say when the broken neck was diagnosed, or how it might have occurred. (Variety was unable to immediately reach his management for further comment.) But Newman made it sound like he might be well along in his recovery.

“They operated on me successfully, I think,” he said. “For even now, I look less like an anteater and more like a folk-rock artist from the early ’60s.” (In what may or may not have been a deliberate act of whimsicality, the word “anteater” was officially tagged in the website statement.)

Those fairly jocular asides were the extent of his sharing about his health, as the main purpose of his statement was to tell overseas fans that he would not be joining them as planned.

Newman went on to say that “the doctor said I’m not quite ready to tour.  I was really looking forward to coming to Europe to perform. I miss performing a great deal and I look forward to a time when I can come. I’m sorry I won’t see you this time but I will see you soon.”

The announcement added that ticket holders wouldbe contacted by their point of purchase with further information and news of their rescheduled date soon.”

The postponement represents a further setback for European fans who had first bought tickets in September 2019 for a tour that was scheduled to take place in May-June 2020 in the U.K., Sweden, Norway, Germany and France, before it was ultimately bumped to 2022 due to the pandemic.

Newman is also set to perform at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on May 1, and so far, that date remains on his calendar.

Since his last non-soundtrack album, “Dark Matter” came out in 2018 — accompanied by a headline show at the Hollywood Bowl — Newman had been focusing on film work and has played few recent dates, although he did perform at the Newport Folk Festival in July 2021.

Newman was scheduled to be one of four honorees at a private benefit for the Jazz Foundation of America in Los Angeles this Sunday, along with Smokey Robinson, Lou Adler and Bennie Maupin, and there have been no public updates on whether he is still expected to attnd the event.

 

 

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