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Ray Davies Cancels Tour Due to Medical Issues

Singer has been ordered not to travel by doctors

November 23, 2010 1:40 PM ET

Ray Davies' four upcoming U.S. tour dates have been canceled due to unspecified medical issues.

The former Kinks singer's website says that Davies did not cancel the dates himself but "was ordered by his doctors not to fly or embark on the accompanying ground travel for the forthcoming four U.S. dates until his medical condition has stabilized to their satisfaction."

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The dates were for shows later this month in New York, Philadelphia, Boston and Montclair, New Jersey. There is no word on when the dates might be rescheduled.

Ray Davies' North American tour cancelled [RayDavies.Info via NME]

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