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Tony Bennett cancels El Cajon show over illness

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Posted at 6:59 AM, Jan 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-29 09:59:15-05

EL CAJON, Calif. (KGTV) — Legendary singer Tony Bennett was forced to cancel his performance at Sycuan Casino Resort Tuesday over an illness.

The last-minute cancellation was due to a "mild cold virus" and Bennett's doctor reportedly advised the singer not to perform, according to the resort.

"We apologize for the inconvenience and wish Mr. Bennett a speedy recovery," Sycuan wrote on Facebook.

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The performance will be postponed until a later date. Tickets for Tuesday's show will be honored for Bennett's future performance, but refunds are available for those interested.

Bennett is scheduled to next perform in Thousands Oaks on Jan. 30, followed by a Feb. 2 show in Long Beach.

The 93-year-old multi-Grammy winner was forced to cancel several concerts last year, including a Sept. 14 show in San Diego, after contracting a summer virus. His doctor also advised him from performing or traveling during that time.

In 2016, Bennett told People Magazine he feels like he still has a lot to give fans.

“I think being my age, and staying in top shape, is a first. Usually, people are still respected if they show up at 90, but they say, ‘He’s not like he used to be and all that,'” Bennett said. “I still have a lot of energy when I hit the stage, and I feel blessed about the fact that I’m still going strong."