Reclusive R&B-hip-hop star Lauryn Hill has put a halt to her planned comeback tour, canceling her entire European lineup of dates, the AP reports. Hill was scheduled to headline this year’s Stockholm Jazz Festival on July 15th, but her agent informed festival organizers yesterday that the show was off due to unspecified “health reasons.” Hill’s performance at Switzerland’s Montreux Jazz Festival was also called off, as were scheduled concerts in Sweden, Greece, the Netherlands, Poland, Germany, Italy, France and Austria.
The canceled European tour is just the latest in a long string of mysterious events surrounding Hill in the decade since she released her 1998 Grammy-winning masterpiece The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. Rock Daily caught Hill’s 2007 hits-filled performance in Brooklyn, but since then the singer has surfaced for a strange photo op with Martha Stewart at a book signing in New Jersey last October. Hill has reportedly been working on new music since 2004, but outside of Miseducation and her 2002 Unplugged 2.0 album, the former Fugee has only released a handful of songs for soundtracks like Surf’s Up and The Passion of the Christ.
In August 2008, to mark the 10th anniversary of Hill’s landmark Miseducation, Rolling Stone spoke to the people who helped make the groundbreaking LP for an exclusive oral history.