Fiona Apple Cancels South American Tour to Be With Her Dying Dog

Singer pens heartfelt letter about pup's declining health

Fiona Apple performing at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles, California.
Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic
November 20, 2012 3:00 PM ET

In a poignant letter to fans on her Facebook page, Fiona Apple announced that she's postponing her upcoming South American tour to care for her dying dog Janet, who suffers from Addison's disease.

"I can't leave her now, please understand," Apple wrote, posting scans of the handwritten copy as well. "If I go away again, I'm afraid she'll die and I won't have the honor of singing her to sleep, of escorting her out." 

Apple recently finished up the last leg of her North American tour, and noted that upon her return the once playful pitbull "doesn't even want to go for walks anymore." Apple apparently found Janet as a pup in Los Angeles' Echo Park, with a rope around her neck and bites on her ear and face , indicating the pooch was used by dogfighters to "puff up the confidence of the contenders." 

The South American leg of Apple's tour behind The Idler Wheel . . . was set to kick off November 27th in Porto Alegre, Brazil. No word yet on when those dates will be rescheduled, but Apple promised she would make up the shows. 

"Sometimes it takes me 20 minutes to pick which socks to wear to bed," Apple added. "But this decision is instant. These are the choices we make, which define us. I am not the woman who puts her career ahead of love and friendship. I'm the woman who stays home, and bakes tilapia for my dearest, oldest friend."

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

Music Main Next

blog comments powered by Disqus
Around the Web
Powered By ZergNet
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.


We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“Whoomp! (There It Is)”

Tag Team | 1993

Cecil Glenn — a.k.a., "D.C." — was a cook at Magic City, a nude dance club in Atlanta, when he first heard women shout "Whoomp — there it is!" Inspired by the party chant, he and partner Steve "Roll'n" Gibson wrote a song around it. Undaunted by label rejections, they borrowed $2,500 from Glenn's parents and pressed 800 singles, which quickly sold out in the Atlanta area. A record deal came soon after. Glenn said the song was meant for positive partying. "If you're going to say 'Whoomp there it is,' and you're doing something negative, we'd rather it not have come out of your mouth."

More Song Stories entries »