Sir Rod Stewart 'gutted' to cancel New Zealand tour due to 'evil' COVID-19

Sir Rod Stewart 'gutted' to cancel New Zealand tour due to 'evil' COVID-19
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Sir Rod Stewart has announced he's "absolutely gutted with disappointment" to have to cancel his New Zealand shows set for April this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The 'Have You Ever Seen the Rain' hitmaker was scheduled to perform his The Hits! Tour at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin on April 6 followed by two shows at Hawke's Bay's Mission Estate Winery on April 9 and 10. 

Promoters Live Nation said that due to Aotearoa's ongoing travel and quarantine restrictions, including the closure of the border to international travellers until after April 30, it would be impossible to present the shows. 

Sir Rod, who was also forced to cancel his Australian shows, told fans: "I feel we've all been cheated by this evil disease." 

"It is with great regret that I announce my shows for 2022 have had to be cancelled," he said in a statement." 

"My thoughts are with all your families at this difficult time as we come out of the joyous and hopefully safe holiday season and I look forward to returning to New Zealand as soon as the health situation permits. 

"I’m absolutely gutted with disappointment and when I do eventually get there we'll have the party to end all parties. Guaranteed!" 

Ticket holders can find information about refunds at the Live Nation NZ website.