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Rod Stewart has flu, scraps South Florida concert

He’s raspy, this much we know. But there comes a time when even Rod Stewart knows when too much rasp isn’t what fans want to hear.

Concert promoters on Saturday said Stewart was suffering the flu, forcing cancellation of Sunday night’s opening date of the much-anticipated Rod Stewart and Stevie Nicks Heart and a Soul Tour. It was scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at The BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise. But Live Nation said in a statement that the 66-year-old Stewart’s flu meant he couldn’t sing. Refunds are available at point of purchase.The last-minute cancellation left uncertain whether fans would get to see the iconic rock duo play South Florida. That would depend on whether promoters could make time in their tour schedule.Stewart’s daughters, big Nicks fans, had suggested to their father that he team with the Fleetwood Mac star for the arena tour, which includes duets and draws from four decades of experience.“This music … brings to mind specific experiences, some great, some not so great, all wrapped up in that,” Nicks, 62, told The Miami Herald in a recent joint interview with Stewart.“It’s a wonderful thing we do, brings back instant memories,” he said.

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