Aretha Franklin cancels two concerts and ordered to rest

Aretha Franklin has cancelled two upcoming concerts on doctor's orders.

The Queen of Soul's management team said in a statement on Friday that Franklin would not perform on March 25 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Centre in Newark, New Jersey.

That show would have taken place on her 76th birthday.

Franklin will also not appear on April 28 at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Organisers say Rod Stewart will perform as the headliner instead.

The statement says the singer has been ordered by her doctor to stay off the road and rest completely for at least the next two months.

It adds that Franklin is "extremely disappointed she cannot perform as she had expected and hoped to".

Last year, Franklin announced her plans to retire, saying she would perform at "some select things".

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