Randy Newman, the prolific Oscar-winning songwriter, has postponed a European tour as he recovers from surgery to repair a broken neck.
Newman, who had a smash hit with the 1977 single “Short People,” shared news of his injury and surgery on his website today, maintaining the sense of humor that informs so much of his musical catalog.
“Recently, I noticed I was shrinking,” Newman writes. “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.
“They operated on me successfully, I think,” he continues. “For even now, I look less like an anteater and more like a folk rock artist from the early sixties. But 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.”
Newman did not disclose details surrounding the circumstances of his injury.
The European tour, titled “An Evening With Randy Newman,” had been set to begin this month. Newman’s website indicates that new dates will be announced “as soon as possible.” Ticket holders will be contacted by their point of purchase.
The 78-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer who celebrated and skewered his hometown with “I Love L.A.” has been nominated for 22 Oscars going back to his original score for 1981’s Ragtime and continuing to his score for 2019’s Marriage Story. He’s won Best Original Song twice, first in 2002 for “If I Didn’t Have You” from Monsters, Inc., and then in 2011 for “We Belong Together” from Toy Story 3.
Randy Newman reschedules
‘An Evening With Randy Newman’
Live in Concert European Tour Dates
Randy's European tour, due to start in March 2022, will unfortunately have to be rescheduled.
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— Randy Newman (@RandyNewman) March 2, 2022
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