Stevie Wonder surprised concert fans in London on Saturday night by announcing that he will take a break from the run so he can get a kidney transplant this fall.
The 69-year-old music legend, made the announcement after performing the “Superstition” at the end of a British Spike-Hour Summer concert in London, at Hyde Park.
he said He was the floor to calm the rumors and sought to reassure the fans, that he would agree.
“I’ll do three shows and then take a break,” he says. “I’m going to have surgery. I am going to have a kidney transplant at the end of September this year. “
He has a donor found and he would be fine, the drawing cheers of a devoted crowd of tens of thousands of people stretching out of the scene as far as the eye could see.
“I came here to give you my love and I thank you for yours,” he says. “You are not going to hear rumors about us. I’m good. “
He does not have to provide additional information about his kidney disease. There had been a recent report that asked me was faced with a serious health problem.
A Wonder representative did not immediately respond to a Saturday request for more details on his condition. He kept an active schedule, including performing recently in Los Angeles, a memorial service for the rapped rapper Nipsey Tourbillon.
Wonder, who has received more than a dozen Grammy Awards, has produced a series of tours during a long career that began when he was a young man who performed as Little Stevie Wonder. His classic successes include “You are the Sun of My Life” and “Live the City”.
Wonder looks top form throughout the concert, performing a series of his hits and paying tribute to musical heroes including Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye and John Lennon. He played stirring rendition of the last of “Imagine” near the end of the show.
He fans reveled in the hot summer night – though a light drizzle fell near the end – and the career spanning retrospective evokes the early wonder as a young Motown star.
He looks less exuberant than in the past and makes of his state of health, the announcement of a grave tone with a severe look on his face. But he was smiling as he left the stage with the band playing the memorable conclusion of “Superstition” one last time.