Poor health forces Travis to cancel Aug. show at Fox

2013-07-12T00:00:00Z 2013-07-17T13:07:18Z Poor health forces Travis to cancel Aug. show at FoxCathalena E. Burch Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
July 12, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Country singer Randy Travis has canceled his Aug. 26 concert at Fox Tucson Theatre.

Fox Tucson Executive Director Craig Sumberg said the decision was made Thursday afternoon. Fox is working on a replacement concert for that date, he said.

The Tucson show is one of many the singer has canceled after suffering congestive heart failure and a subsequent stroke early this week.

Travis was in critical condition Thursday at a Texas hospital after brain surgery Wednesday.

He was admitted Sunday with a respiratory virus that doctors said led to the congestive heart failure. Doctors implanted a pumping device in his heart and Travis' condition had stabilized by Wednesday afternoon. But later that day he suffered the stroke.

Doctors performed surgery Wednesday night to relieve pressure on his brain, according to his publicist, Kirt Webster, speaking Thursday morning from the Texas hospital.

Travis, 54, has been a regular on Tucson stages for several years. He was last here in 2011 for a show at Desert Diamond Casino. In 2009 he was part of the UApresents season at Centennial Hall.

Travis, a six-time Grammy winner, is best known for his hit songs "Forever and Ever, Amen" and the uplifting gospel "Three Wooden Crosses." With a soulful baritone, he was the most dominant force in the late-1980s rebirth of neo-traditional country that recalls the genre's earlier, more acoustic style.

Among the artists who have followed his lead are Brad Paisley, Alan Jackson and George Strait.

Contact reporter Cathalena E. Burch at cburch@azstarnet.com or 573-4642.

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